FLASH - J.E. Mergott Co. (JEM Camera Company) - Newark New Jersey
The JEM Flash, with its cool lightning
bolt lettering is not listed in McKeown's. I guess that makes it very
valuable. JEM apparently made only one box but put different
faces on it.
Here's the JEM Flash showing its folding viewfinder. I found out that
you look through the
small rectangle when taking a
picture. If you're interested in a closeup of my chin, let me know.
The JEM Flash and its counterpart below make 6x9 images.
Here's the JEM JR.. I don't know what's junior about it. It's the same
size as the JEM Flash. You could say it's a "junior" because
it has no flash contacts. But you'd be wrong because some JEM JR's do have flash contacts. Those
models have lightning bolts
under the taking lens. So this is a non-synched, boltless JEM JR.. Can
you image that there are people that collect
Leicas and pass these rarities by ?
There are two "Girl Scout" models of the JR.. One is synched and has
the mechanical viewfinder shown on the JEM Flash. The other doesn't.
Isn't this stuff fascinating ?
I grabbed my Jems off the shelf the other day because they
were easy to reach and headed out to shoot some film. I'll bet that I
was the only person in the whole damn world (other than my wife)
shooting a JEM JR. and a JEM Flash on November 14, 2008.