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Houghton Ful-Vue
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2021-01-17 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in United Kingdom from 1948 to 1953.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 66

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Don't you want to put a crank to him to try to start it?
The Ful-vue appeared right before WWII. It was then a question of a not very conventional box, since the small usual finders were replaced there by only one largely oversize finder, at the point of occupying most of its cap, from where its name of Ful-vue. It became a very popular camera, because its very luminous finder was easy to use. The mirror of reference of the image was, with an aim of economy and research of solidity, replaced by a chromium-plated metal plate.
After war, Ensign redrew the camera by adopting the design “streamline”. The camera will be again redrawn about 1953 and will pass from film 620 to the 120. The meniscus lens is Ensar.
The ultimate misadventure of the family will be Fulvueflex which will leave in 1957, little time before Ensign does not cease its activity.
The Ful-vue 6 X 6 cost 3975 francs in 1953 (Caron Amiens catalogs).

Houghton Ful-Vue