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Girard Le Rêve
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Photos by JFW text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of JFW. Last update 2012-02-18 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in France from 1901 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1841

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Chronology of cameras Girard 

Traduction de Daniel C:

The company “J.Girard et Compagnie” was the successor of “E.Girard and A Boitte”.

J. Girard released a range of miscellaneous cameras all called “Le Rêve” (The Dream), even if they were not similar.

Among this range of “Le Rêve”, detective and stereoscopic cameras also exist.

The advertisement dated 1901 is showing a camera with a thick wooden stand covered with leather and which may look like the front of a detective camera.

It is noticeable that the same advertisement is classifying this camera as a detective because it may be loaded with several 9x12 plates

 This horizontal model is fitted with a shutter offering 1/60 sec as fastest exposure time.

Advertisements are made of statements to better sale the cameras, some of them are more than questionable. Try to insert this camera in one of your pocket.

 The brand name “Le Rêve “ has been registered the 12th of June 1901 by J.Girard et Compagnie in Paris

Girard Le Rêve

Girard Le Rêve

Girard Le Rêve

Girard Le Rêve