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Ad for 1941 Agfa Speedex camera

Toronto. Talk about bad timing! This ad for a cheap Agfa camera “made in U.S.A.” appears in the July 1941 issue of Popular Mechanics. A few months later in December of that year, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the States were dragged into WW2 to finally help Great Britain.

The inexpensive Agfa Speedex ad touted the 120 roll film camera as “full of  expensive-camera features“. Both Agfa and those expensive cameras were German in spite of the camera being made in Binghamton, NY by Agfa Ansco. …

My thanks to good friend George Dunbar for sharing this advertisement with us.



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