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Manufactured in Etats-Unis from (Circa) 1942 until () 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Graflex K20

The camera shows a nameplate with serial number 43-7100 USN . USN for U.S. Navy. Moreover, it is explicitly written that this device is the property of the U.S. Navy.
Indeed, it is a military camera designed to equip aircrews of the planes of the Navy during World War II . The unit is big enough , but not more than a contemporary Speed ​​Graphic. But it is much heavier. There are no bellows . Everything is rigid and oversized . We must understand that the comfort of a warplane was nonexistent. Jolts and shocks were common, the device is almost shielded . Airmen being wrapped in thick clothes flying and wearing thick gloves, camera controls are oversized .

It has a fixed handle on the left side . The right handle can both release the shutter with the big trigger, and advance the film and cock the shutter by bringing the handle back . As there is no support for the camera , one can imagine the muscular effort required to use such a device. Advertising in 1942 , visible below gives an idea of it all.
 
You can find the manual of this product on this site. Attention, this is a " restricted" document.
 
Metal suitcase , khaki, contains the camera, an additional shutter , a set of yellow filters (see " suitcase and all its equipment " ) . The sort of small scraper is bordered with a transparent film  divided into three sections. It is possible to write on it. This part is inserted in front of the film for reminding , for example , the position of the aircraft at the time of shooting . A kind of Autographic which is called here  the Recorder. The big flat piece resembling a slate is used when loading the film to ensure its flatness.

The cameras were sold by the government surplus rather late , as indicated by this advertising dated 1967 .Vous pouvez nous aider en proposant une traduction du texte français de présentation de cet appareil. Pour cela, cliquez sur le lien Proposer un complément de fiche. Le login est collection et le mot de passe est appareils. Vous trouverez alors une zone de saisie pour votre proposition de traduction. Elle n'apparaitra dans la page que lorsque je l'aurai validée. N'oubliez pas de commencer votre traduction par : Traduction de Prénom Nom.

Graflex K20

Graflex K20

Graflex K20

Graflex K20

Graflex K20

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