But there’s something about the a-four that’s different.The aesthetic is almost industrial and looks like a product from Functionalist school of industrial design, or perhaps something Dieter Rams might have dreamed up while working for Braun. The a-four was apparently made from 1953 to 1956, and if I read the date code on mine correctly, this particular sample left the factory in 1954. The shutter speeds are bulb, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/200.Argus Model A Camera in Olive-Drab Bakelite For decades the Argus name was probably as well known to the average person in the United States as Nikon is today.And of course, Kodak has long been a brand name of immediate recognition.Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, the company was known as International Radio Corporation.The company founder, Charles Verschoor, was awarded a patent on August 25, 1936 for a novel, inexpensive but competent 35mm camera design.
The label is for W Watsons & Sons, with no "Ltd" so therefore presumably was made before 1908. The camera has black square section parallel bellows, operated by rack and pinion.
It has a cable release socket on its Gauthier leaf shutter mechanism, and you have to cock the shutter for every shot, which is something many cameras from this era require.
Basic though it is, the camera has all the controls one requires for good photos. The camera's back comes completely off for film loading.
The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.
To be fair, quite a few of the others (especially the A-series) have a kitschy appeal.