argoflex

McKeown's says that Argus made a number of boxy TLR's and they don't generate much interest in collectors. While that may be true, when I found this beauty and discovered there was film in it, I was  interested.

The camera has a focusing f4.5 lens and a number of shutter speeds. The viewfinder is bright enough for these old eyes and the camera has a decent weight to it.

This argoflex is from the 40's. The roll of verichrome pan inside the camera was badly stuck to the backing paper at the film edges. I've noted this on some old rolls of verichrome while others are perfect.

The photographs below are not digitally processed in any way other than cropping at the film edges to eliminate damaged areas.

The 1940's were  difficult times for the whole world. America was not shielded from those difficulties. It's hard to say exactly when these photos were taken but I sense a degree of sadness in them.

I think the entire roll was shot on or about the same day. The gentleman is wearing a wedding ring.

Clutching her purse she is giving some instruction to the photographer.

That's quite a collar.

You know what I think ? The ease of digital photography is making us a world full of crappy photographers. When you only had twelve shots on a roll and had to wait a week to see your photos, you were more thoughtful with your photos.

This is a nicely posed photograph. You can easily imagine the photographer directing his subject.


The location shown in some of these photographs was identified by Cindy of Memphis TN.

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