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Manufactured in France from Circa 1902 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 10991

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Girard Le Radieux

Traduction de Daniel C:

 

It is funny to discover that this big box was, at the time, described as follows in the advertisements : “Very small Camera, a true jewel, weighting 1,500g as a maximum” . Without the plates is not indicated.

On this detective camera, the motion of the plates is obtained by turning a side crank. The shutter cocking is made on front, by means of a selector marked “PP, P and I”  (PP may be for “Pose prolongée”(long time exposure), with a setting of the tension graduated from 1 to 7 for choosing the snapshot time exposure.

The lens is a Roussel « Anti-spectroscopique ». The minimum focal distance is one meter.

The camera is fitted with two threaded holes (Congres standard) to fit on a support. Two spirit levels and a small key to lock the plate magazine are also offered

Obviously a high class camera.

At the time, its cost was 135 francs. As a difference with the model dated 1902, the optical finders are not showing any targeting cross.