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Gallus Bakelite
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2012-02-03 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in France from 1938 to (After) 1938.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1080

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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

Gallus in bakelite is a rather rare camera because of its brittleness. Its career was short under the name of Gallus, can be because of this brittleness. At the time of his abandonment by Gallus, one found it under the mark MFAP ( Pontiac) where its career was at least also short.
The body is rather flat. Its general form evokes that of a cake of soap. The flap, when it is closed, does not exceed a body. Surface uniformly smoothes, and it quasi absence of gap, make that if the automatic button of aperture has a weakness, it then becomes impossible to open it without notching bakelite. The crutch is sometimes a little difficult to set up, because it is difficult to seize.
The lens and the shutter are basic, but it is not there the advantage of this camera for the collection.

As I mention it above this camera is increasingly hard to find. Moreover, I made come this one from the United States, where in 1939, it was sold 16,50 dollars. The American distributer was called Olden Camera & Lens Co.

Gallus Bakelite