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Argus A
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Manufactured or assembled in USA from 1936 to (After) 1936.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 453

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Chronology of cameras Argus 

The Argus A was manufactured from 1936 to 1941. It is a device made from bakelite (black, but sometimes brown or gray), except that the back is made of metal. The lens is mounted on a retractable spring-mounted tube.
Nearly impossible to find in France, this device is quite common in the USA.
In 1941, this unit was costing $ 10.

This model (No. 58844 appearing inside) is part of the oldest, because the film is driven by a single toothed pinion (holes in the top of the film).

Model Caracteristics Years

A   1936-41
AF Focusing 1937-38
B (in spite of its name, it belongs to the series of the A) - Lens f/2,9 1937
A2B With extinction meter 1939-50
A2F With extinction meter Lens f/4,5 1939-51
AA   1940-42
A3 Redrawn body with rounder design. It seems not made of bakelite. 1940-42
FA Different body 1950-51

Argus A

Argus A

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