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Mendel G Detective
France Version française
Photos by AS text by AS. From the collection of Maison de la photo de St-Bonnet. Last update 2020-01-12 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in France from (After) 1889 to (Circa) 1910.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11483

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Chronology of cameras Mendel G 

It does not seem that Georges Mendel, patented builder S.G.D.G. At 22, boulevard Saint Denis in Paris, has something to do with Charles Mendel, also a builder, but at 118 and 118 bis, rue d'Assas, in Paris, and especially important for his multiple editions in the photographic world.

This fairly standard 9 x 12cm format detective camera has a simple unmarked lens, a shutter with seven speeds numbered 1 to 7 by spring tension. The diaphragm has five positions from 1 to 5. There is a selector P and I, (time and instant) and a double exposure by a lock on the trigger. A large plate counter at the top is automatically actuated when the plates are moved.
This model with two optical viewfinder is equipped with two Congress type tripod threads.

Mendel G Detective

Mendel G Detective
Mécanisme de l’obturateur, ici le sélecteur est en position "pose".
Mendel G Detective
Vue du compteur. En passant d’un chiffre à l’autre, on provoque l’échappement de la plaque exposée.