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Bee Tree Park with Ensign Ful-Vue

This Ensign Ful-View was one of two birthday presents sent by my good friend who lives in Lancashire, England.

This model of Ful-Vue was perhaps the very first English made (Houghton of London) consumer camera to be manufactured at the close of WW II in 1945.
It has a single aperture of about f:11, and two speed settings: Insatant, and Bulb.
It exposes 12 frames, 6 cm x 6 cm (2 1/4 inch square) on 120 film.
Lens focuses to about 6 feet, by pulling the lens mount to extend it an extra 5mm.

We had a nice day early in the week, so I loaded the Ful-Vue with a fresh roll of Fuji ASA 100 color print film and headed down to Bee Tree Park, southeast corner of Saint Louis County, Missouri, overlooking the Mississippi River from atop high bluffs.
(I had a second camera with me for backup, a more "modern" Olympus Stylus Infinity Zoom, previous gallery has results from that.)

The Ensign Ful-Vue proved itself, did quite well for a simple camera more than 60 years old. Only flaw was some light leakage along one edge of the film (I have not found the leak source yet, but it starts at the edge of the filmstrip, not the edge of frame).

Most of the snow from last week's 12 inch snowfall was melted off.
Large house on the park grounds is the Nims Mansion, built in 1929, not currently open to public. House has commanding views of the river valley.

Remember to click on individual images to enlarge.
All images are 2008 E.J.Kowalski.
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