|Agfa Billy-Record landscape format|
This is a fairly standard full frame 120 film camera from the mid 1930s. I think this camera is a grey import – no “made in Germany”, distance scale in metres and the tripod socket is continental rather than UK or USA. The 1937 Photographic Almanac refers to this camera as the Speedex Record but it is clearly the same camera. The suggested price is £5-5-0. As the average working wage in the UK in 1937 was around £1-10-0, this was around a month’s wages so really a middle class camera.
As was normal until the mid 1950s, the shutter release lever is on the shutter housing. As was also normal from 1930ish, Agfa provide a secondary shutter release on the camera body which is connected to the lever on the shutter housing by an articulated link. This is a seriously weak link and barely works on my camera. When opening the camera, there is a significant danger of the release link missing the lever on the shutter housing. Agfa actually stress the importance of this in the manual for the camera. The long term effect of this link missing its proper location is that the link has bent and frequently dis-articulates itself.
There are the two tripod bushes we would expect on a camera of this format and date. One is on the base board – centrally placed which makes fitting a tripod easier than on some cameras – and one near the centre of the base. Both are 3/8 Whitworth which is larger than most tripods use. My other cameras from this era have a 1/4 Whitworth insert and these may well have been present at some time.
|Stamp End, Lincoln|