Another one of the antique cameras that I have inherited. This one was my Great Great Uncle Irvin Walden’s. The camera seems to be stuck tight in the leather form fitted case, and I was afraid to force it out, so shot it as best as I could. the camera is an Argus, made in the good ole U.S.A. Below is information I found on the Argus cameras… I am thinking this is the model C3, but totally unsure.
Argus is an American maker of cameras and photographic products, founded in 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Argus originated as a subsidiary of the International Radio Corporation (IRC), founded by Charles Verschoor. Its best-known product was the C3 rangefinder camera, which enjoyed a 27-year production run and became one of the top-selling cameras in history. The company’s Model A was the first low-cost 35 mm camera in the United States. Argus was acquired by Sylvania in 1959 and sold off in 1969, by which time it had ceased camera production (some rebadged cameras continued to be sold under the Argus name through the 1970s).
This camera was originally owed by my Great Grandma & Grandpa Murphy. The camera itself is a Kodak Duaflex IV, as noted on the camera face, however, was found in a Duaflex III box, priced as marked, and contained the original book for the Duaflex III. I am not sure if it was purchased this way, or the camera later placed in the Duaflex III box.
Kodak Duaflex IV:
Sold from 1955 – 1960
Film Size 620
Original List Price $24.95
Kodak produced millions of Duaflex cameras from 1947 – 1960. There’s nothing special about any of them, though this is special to me as it is a family heirloom. This one is brown, which is sort of odd