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Inaccuracies in Newsletter article

In the current Newsletter NL31 the article "originals Part II" contains a number of inaccuracies,  These are too many to list without cross checking references but they relate first to how Linhof took over production from Perka Präzisions-Camerawerk. who don't appear to be mentioned instead introducing IC and later Zeiss camera.

Secondly a number of British companies were approach by the Government in 1946 with a view to rebuilding a high end British camera industry.  Those companies were Reid & Sigrist, A.G.I, and M.P.P. it's possible others were involved but these three went onto produce British versions of German cameras, R& S the Ried rangefinder cameras with TTH lens, AGI the Agiflex based on the Reflex Korelle, and MPP the MicroTechical and Microcord based on the Linhof Technika and Rolleicord, also the Micrflex.  All these companies were given access to the original blueprints and in some cases access to the German manufacturing plants.  This was part of war preparations not a case of a UK company taking a camera to bits and making new drawings.  Patents and Design rights had been made void by these reparations.

It's also not realised that companies like Gnome & De Vere had been making specialist enlargers, map copying equipment etc during the war, adverts in 1948 show A Gnome professional enlarger we never see or think of these days. Gnome's Treforest (Ponypridd) factory set up in 1940 had been taken over for aircraft production and they'd relocated to Cardiff.

During the war MPP, AGI and Reid & Sigrist all had military contracts so it's no surprise they were offered the chance to acquire German designs and technology after the war.  De Vere already had large ongoing contracts to supply the military with cameras and particularly enlargers.

 

Ian

Nice to see you article here, though I think when writing these it is best not to sound so critical of others, particularly those who have written it for the \Newsletter.  Neil Wright submitted the article on behalf of himself and others, Neil has done so much in writing articles for our publications over the years , though now rather withdrawn from this because of his great age.  Perhaps you would like to submitt  an edited version  and  possibly an extended one of this to the newsletter.

You are correct in saying there was encouragement by the Government to produce modern metal precision photographic products in the post war. I think from memory MPP who were established during the war as one of the D'Lazlo companies did produce enlargers and tripods  for the Government , though much of the early products were labelled Celestion . The factory was occupied with production of radar equipment during much of the war.

I understood the Patent Office had to be applied to for use of plans salvaged by the team from manufactures working alongside the Army  invading Germany . Yes I believe that the company worked from plans rather than making drawings from dismantling a Rolleicord , but I am sure the would have dismantled such to peruse the workings.

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