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Manufactured in France from 1946 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Demaria-Lapierre Monte-Carlo Special

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

As Jousset with certain models of Kinax did it, Demaria-Lapierre exported at least several models of Dehel towards the USA. No doubt is possible; the shape of the crutch and the spacers, of the case, the settings of the shutter, all is similar to Dehel. Kinax export had been renamed names of areas of France. In the same spirit, Demaria Lapierre renamed its models export “Monte Carlo”. These cameras were distributed by JL Galef & Son, Inc.
The possible (Dehel) models were:

Monte Carlo Sportman 120: Lens anastigmat Manar 3,5/75 mm Obturateur Prontor II (1 secondes with 1/250 secondes). Format 120
Mini Monte Carlo: Lens anastigmat Manar 3,5/75 mm Obturateur of 1 secondes with 1/250 secondes. Format 120 (4,5 X 6)
Monte Carlo Special: Lens anastigmat Manar 3,5/90 mm Obturateur of 1 secondes with 1/200 secondes. Format 120 (6 X 9)
Monte Carlo Special: Lens anastigmat Manar 4,5/90 mm Obturateur of 1/25 secondes with 1/125 secondes. Format 120 (6 X 9)

In May 1950, Sportman 120 was worth $63,75.
In 1947, Special 3,5 was worth $63,75, Special 4,5 was worth $48.

In 1950, in parallel, Telka I and II were also imported by the same distributer. Telka II was worth the same price as Sportman 120. Telka I was sold $49,95.