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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand
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Manufactured in France from 1927 until after 1933.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 649

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Photo-Plait Prima

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

Photo-Plait was, before the second world war, one of the largest distributers of cameras in France. It diffused cameras of mark, but also of the cameras bearing the name of the company. That could be folding cameras, detectives etc…
The reference works mention little the production “Photo-Plait ”. The catalogs of the distributer are only true help. It is thanks to those that I could identify this detective.
It is small and basic.The plates make 6,5 X 9 cm and are six. The camera has only one instantaneous speed and the exposure B. The selector speed is in frontage. There are three apertures. They are holes on a strip which should more or less be drawn.
The body of the camera is made of wood (tulipier) covered with imitating fabric of leather.
Its small size confuses it with a box.

As often at the distributer, the name “Prima” was given to different cameras, during years. If name “Prima” appears during the 20s, it is only since 1933, that it is carried by this precise model.