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Ilford Envoy
France Version française
Photos by DC text by DC. From the collection of DC. Last update 2015-03-08 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in United Kingdom from 1955 to (After) 1955.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1937

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Chronology of cameras Ilford 

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The « Envoy » camera was built by the English manufacturer Photo Developments Ltd (Leonard Road, Birmingham) and marketed by Ilford under its name.
This robustly built bakelite camera shows the slender shape of a paving stone the rear face of which is slightly convex less to obtain a pleasing shape than for compensating a bit for the curvature of field of the lens.
The distance setting is a bit odd but efficient. When the lens is pushed rearward , landscapes or groups may be photographed and when the lens is pulled forward portraits may be taken. An inscription around the lens remind it “For faces –pull out, for places – push in”

3 variations of this camera followed one another on the shelves of the photography shops during the fifties.
The first one between 1953 and 1954, the second between 1955 and 1956 and the last one between 1956 and 1960.
The lens surround is black on the first variation while it is aluminum on the two others. The front of the two first styles is fitted with a double pin flash socket as per British Standard while the later style camera shows a classic DIN standard 3 mm socket.
Other noticeable difference : The two first variations are fitted with projecting strap lugs to either side of the top  of the body. The later variation  has no such strap attachment but is fitted with one strap attached directly on a side of the camera and shows two bakelite molded feet on the opposite side so the lens axis could stay horizontal when the camera is put on a flat surface.
The item shown here is the latest version of the three.

Ilford Envoy