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Girard Le Radieux
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Photos by AS text by Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2012-02-05 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in France from (Circa) 1901 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1836

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Chronology of cameras Girard 

Traduction Daniel C:


Girard et Cie marketed years after years different cameras bearing the same name . This is true with the name “Le Reve” (The dream) but this is also true with the name “Le Radieux” (The Radiant)

This Radieux may be loaded with 12 glass plates or 24 film plates. It offers different shutter speed. The fastest one being 1/60 sec.


The total price of the camera, bought on credit was 135 francs

The settings, diaphragm, shutter speed, and focusing are actuated by means of curious fined knob fitted with needle/scale systems.

The lens is protected by a flap while not in use.

Offering two spirit levels, It was a top class detective camera.

J. Girard et Cie was located at no 42 Rue de l’échiquier in Paris, close to the Gare du Nord

Advertisements for the Girard cameras are often found in the newspapers and magazines dated around 1900.

Girard Le Radieux