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Isn't it ironic?

c_evans99 17 7.0k 1 Wales
3 Apr 2005 7:13AM
I've put up some (sturdy) shelves this weekend for my German cameras (long overdue, but I have no one to nag me into chores), and I've laying out the pieces to go on them. Because German firms used to put on their products the name of the town/city where their factories were based the shelves are almost a map of the country. There's

Dresden (Ihagee)
Jena (Carl Zeiss)
Grlitz (Meyer Optik)
Kreuznach (Schneider)
Ulm (Schacht)
Stuttgart (Zeiss Ikon)
Munich (Steinheil)
Gottigen (ISCO)

and probably a few more if I checked some of the cameras for small marks.

The irony is that although I'm surrounded by Germanica I've never been to Germany, while I've been to just about every other country in western europe. I think I know where I'm going on holiday next Smile

debbiehardy 16 363 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 7:48AM
If you'd like some nagging, my hubby says I'm the best going. I'd like some shelves, please...the sooner the better. Vielen Dank Wink
KenTaylor 16 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 7:49AM
Not forgetting Solms I hope. I believe the Leica museum is worth a trip on its own.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
3 Apr 2005 8:11AM
No Rollei cameras, Ceri? Rollei has a really nice museum as well, so I'm told - and nice cameras, of course...

keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 8:25AM
I never thought of it like that before.
A quick look round, and I get

Braunschweig (Voigtlander)
Munchen (F Deckel)
Berlin (Goerz)
Wetzlar (Ernst Leitz)
Rathenow (Emil Busch A-G)

I think Rathenow is Germany ?

These probably aren't

Rochester NY (Eastman Kodak)
London (J H Dallmeyer)

Although Dallmeyer sounds sort of german doesn't it ?

And an awkward one, a gang of three claiming two cities

London & Leicester (Taylor Taylor & Hobson)
keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 8:29AM
Rollei ? I was going to put
Braunschweig (Franke and Heidecke), but Voigtlander already had that one.
c_evans99 17 7.0k 1 Wales
3 Apr 2005 8:38AM
No Wetzlar on my shelves but I do have

Braunschweig(Voigtlnder)... thanks for reminding me Keith
Wiesbaden (Wirgin)
Frankfurt (Adox)

A tour of Europe's camera museums sounds rather fab, Dresden's supposed to have a corker too, with a trip to Meopta's in Sverov a possiblity also Smile

I haven't found my Rolleiflex of destiny yet but I have a couple of good pre-war TLRs - a Zeiss Ikoflex II(1938) and a Voigtlnder Brilliant II(1934)

keith selmes 17 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2005 8:57AM

Milano (Bencini)

I'm a little envious now, Ceri has an umlaut in his Voigtlander, must learn how to do that!
c_evans99 17 7.0k 1 Wales
3 Apr 2005 9:10AM
It comes from working with ASCII codes all day Keith

= Alt+0228
= Alt+0245


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