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Nagel, Librette 16, 120 roll film camera, c1930

A neat, if unremarkable 120 roll film camera from the very end of the 1920s. Nagel had a brief existence between 1928 and 1932 when it was bought out by Kodak. Its founder Dr. August Nagel had originally been employed by Contessa Nettel and subsequently Zeiss Ikon following their acquisition of that company. He left to form his own firm in 1928 but sold the plant to Kodak in 1932, Nagel was retained and the factory continued to make Nagel cameras under his name for a while, in 1934 Kodak used the factory to produce the famous Retina, by which time the Nagel marque was no more. It seems likely he must have been a bit of a character as this story is repeated in several places... and we have repeated it here for good measure. It may be pushing the boundaries of psychoanalysis, but he may have been a little insecure.... as this camera sports no fewer than 6 highly visible Nagel logos stamped into it's various components, a feature that complicated the restoration of this camera by heaps. Maybe he just felt he had a point to prove to his ex-employer?

 

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Body No. Unmarked
Shutter, speeds T, B, 25, 50 & 100th
Lens, Nagel Anastigmat, 105mm f/6.8
Condition, 6F

Nagel, Librette 16, 120 roll film camera, c1930

 

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