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Kardon U.S. signal corps camera Premier instrument co American Leica III copy

SOLD-THANK YOU!--Kardon U.S. signal corps camera Premier instrument co. At the outbreak of WWII the U.S. government seized the assets of the Lietz Wetzlar Factory in New York in hopes of mass producing the Compact Leica 35mm camera. They soon found that the equipment was in poor condition- this was when were still pulling out of the depression mind you. and the Leica III was not ''mass production'' friendly. Russian American Immigrant Peter Kardon took up the challenge of making the camera for the war effort. His company the Premiere instrument co only managed to make a handful of samples by the end of WWII and the U.S. government from what I understand cancelled the contract. This is most likely a Korean war era camera with a low serial # of 861 but has its roots in WWII. Excellent shape, the shutter fires and responds well to changes in shutter speed. The inside of the camera is super clean. The novel 47mm Kodak Ektar lens is very clean and clear. Has novel external spur gear for focusing. Has slight flare of the vinyl type covering near base plate and some rough spots to contract tag.One scratch to raised winding knob. Please see all photos. Great camera with lots of history and quite rare with only around 1800 units produced.


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