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Manufactured in France from Circa 1960 until 0.
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Kodak Brownie Starflash

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

The end of the Fifties and the beginning of the following decade were the occasion of a proliferation of small cameras photo Kodak, made of plastic, manufactured in France. For point common, put to share a certain air of family, their names start with Star. The quinquagénaires of today will remember it like gift received with their communion.I a long time put myself the question of why of this blossoming of cameras “Fabriqué in France”, whereas they are only the adaptation to the national market of North-American models. It is by reading the EXCELLENT works regretted B.Vial that I had recently the explanation of it. The Fifties were remembered by a protectionism reinforced on certain consumer goods (with an aim of starting again national industry), of which cameras. Kodak (and Agfa on a less level) not wanting to lose a market, which after years of restrictions would not have cease to grow, circumvented the problem by manufacturing films and cameras directly in France (in partnership with Pathé). Models manufactured little time before in the USA appeared in the French stores, with some small technical differences (format of the lamps of flash) or cosmetics (front face captioned in French).
The Starflash model seems to have had for parents Starlet (one finds on the side of Starflash, the sites of the two pins of the flash of Starlet) and a Flash. It is declined into different plastic color. The black one is most current, but the camera also exists in white, gray-blue and red (which I never saw in France). By buying it, it should be checked that the parabola of the flash is not split. The battery, often forgotten, ran certainly. It is placed behind of the camera, and is accessible while turning the large screw. The loading of the film (format 127, images 4 X 4 cm) is done by the base of the camera, on which we find of one side the button of rolling up of film, and other, hidden behind a false button, the bolt of aperture.
The other members of the French family of Brownie Star are Starlet and Starluxe. American cousins never crossed the Atlantic, like Starmite (I and II), Starmeter, Starmatic (I and II) and Starflex. There also exists of Brownie Starlet made in the United Kingdom, but which does not have any more physical resemblance, undoubtedly a branch junior by the family.
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Kodak Brownie Starflash