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Argus Olive Green Model A on 052910

I acquired this camera at silent auction at the Argus Collectors Gathering in North Carolina a few weeks ago. Last week I did a fairly extensive cleaning and restoration.

The olive body examples are fairly uncommon. But since this one is missing its serial number tag, it does not have all of its potential value in dollars. The single sprocket wheel design and presence of a tripod adapter place it as a second variant of some five or so variants of Model A, I am guessing maybe early 1937.

This morning the weather was promising so I loaded it with a roll of ASA 200 Walgreens house label print film and took it for a spin. I divided the roll between the big weekend flea market and the historic village of Kimmswick, two of my favorite local destinations.

In my opinion it performed quite well for a 73 year old bakelite prewar camera with uncoated lens. The two-position zone focusing system worked as it should.

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All images are 2010 E.J.Kowalski.
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