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Kinax Provence
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2012-02-17 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in France from 1950 to 1955.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 931

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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

From Alsace, Picardy, Riviera, Ardennes, Normandy and Provence reserved for export towards the anglophone countries, Provence is in medium of range. It has a 4,5 Kinn lens , like Picardy, but compared to this one, it is equipped in addition to one retarder.
I do not know the exact date of sale of this camera, but the completion bond accompanying it makes it possible to say that its American importer was Raygram Corporation in New York.

Nothing on the camera indicates that it is about “Provence”. Only the distance scale graduated in feet (feet) makes it possible to know that it is about a model reserved for the anglophone markets.

Provence is the equivalent of Major/Senior. Like them, it has the shutter release on the body of the camera.

It should be noted that Provence was initially delivered with a shutter B, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50 and 1/150, then by the suitre, with a shutter B, 1 second, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200 and 1/350.

About the cameras intended for the American market, I have a very personal hypothesis on the reason of their name of French area. I think that they are the French areas in which, American fight during the two world wars:

Please see at french part (left one).


However, these cameras were sold in the USA (and in other Anglo-Saxon countries having taken part in the same combat) in the years which followed the second world war, whereas the GI had just returned on their premises, and that the veterans of the WWI were always alive. Marketing….

Au sujet des appareils destinés au marché américain, j'ai une hypothèse toute personnelle sur la raison de leur nom de région française. Je pense qu'il s'agit des régions françaises dans lesquelles, les américains ont pris part aux combats durant les deux guerres mondiales :

PicardyBelleau (Aisne) en juin 1918
ChampagneAlentours de Chateau-Thierry en 1918 / Chateau-Thierry Neighborhood in 1918
ProvenceDébarquement du 15 aout 1944 / Landing of August 15, 1944
RivieraDébarquement du 15 aout 1944 / Landing off August 15, 1944
NormandyDébarquement du 6 juin 1944 / D-Day
AlsaceCombats de fin 1944 / Combat at the end of 1944
ArdennesHiver 1944: certes, plus en Belgique / Winter 1944: more in Belgium
LorraineFranchissement de la Moselle, septembre 1944 / Crossing the Moselle, September 1944

Or, ces appareils ont été vendus aux USA (et dans d'autres pays anglo-saxons ayant participé aux mêmes combats) dans les années qui suivirent la seconde guerre mondiale, alors que les GI venaient de rentrer chez eux, et que les vétérans de la première étaient toujours vivants. Du marketing ....



Kinax Provence



Kinax Provence

Kinax Provence
n° de série (sur l'objectif) : 685246