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Manufactured in Germany from Circa 1911 until Circa 1911.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Au Bon Marche Atom
Au Bon Marché Atom (51)

This small 4.5 x 6 cm plate folding camera 'Atom' is an Ica rebranded by Au Bon Marché from Paris. It was probably made around in 1911, in view of the shutter type, which is very similar to one of the Huttig Atom cameras presented at this site. This shutter type is not present in Ica catalogues but can be seen in similar Huttig late cameras. It was probably made from leftovers from the the late Huttig period.  The casing has the logo of Huttig / Ica (which are the same), but the single large brilliant finder, the external protuberance on the baseplate and the presence of the focusing system show it is clearly from the early Ica period. It corresponds to an Ica Atom model 51.
The shutter is automatic and has a single instantaneous speed plus B and T. The lens is a Au Bon Marché Double Anastigmat of 90 mm of focal length and maximum aperture of 6.8.