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Manufactured in Grande-Bretagne from Circa 1934 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Coronet Midget

Traduction de Daniel Clément.
 

Coronet is created in 1926 in Birmingham (GB) by Frederik John Pettifer who set up in March 1932 at 308/310 Summer Lane In the Aston area. Most of the products were gift oriented items or sold by mail-order selling companies.
After 1945, Coronet made trade agreements allowing Tiranty (Paris) to manufacture in France because of import restrictions.
These Cameras ( e.g. the Rapide, the Polo, the week-end or the Fildia) are showing the inscription “Made in France” . User manuals and inscriptions are in French language.
FJ Pettifer did specialise himself in cameras made of cast coloured bakelite . Helped in this task by a company also located at Summer Lane and managed by Edwin Elliott.
Coronet used to subcontract the body casting and the lenses to this company.

Coronet ceased its activities in 1967

The midget was released on the market in 1934-1935 at the cost of 5 shillings and 6 pence (35 francs in the year 1937 Tiranty catalogue)  and used as gifts items inside packs of cereals for breakfast.
It was available in plain black, brown (wallnut), green lemon, olive green, rose (+ orange), red (+ orange or + black), the model was put on the market in 1937 and is considered as the rarer .
Nevertheless, the process for mixing the polymer and the colours was hardly reproducible and the colours use to fade with the time  This is why the true Midget fanatics are searching for every possible sub-variations.

The camera was fitted with a simple meniscus lens opening to f 11 and produced by Taylor , Taylor & Hobson, DOF 1.5 m to infinite. Basic shutter offering 1/30 sec. Special 16 mm rollfilm giving 6 pictures sized 13x18 mm. Weight is about 60 grams depending on variations.
A “marocco” leather case was proposed, the colour of which was matching those of the camera body. But it could be bought separately. This was leading to frequent colour blends.
The Midget was a big success despite of the rather “average” quality of the results.
After the war, Coronet launched the Cameo with a same format

Coronet Midget