In 1952, when I was fourteen years old, I bought a new Rolleicord. I have no idea, at this time, which lens it had. I do know that it was the newest Rolleicord, directly from the distributor.I don't suppose you coppied down the serial number somewhere? Does the box have any sort of label on it?
I photographed lots of stuff back then. But one thing in particular sticks in my mind.
I belonged to the Santa Cruz Camera Club. That's Santa Cruz California. Every year I helped the local photo company (Webber's Photo) photograph the Miss California contest. One year (I was around sixteen), I photographed one of the contestants (Dina Stearns - she was a local girl and we all knew her) sitting on an old piling, along the beach. It was a bright summer day, I had a white reflector to fill in the harsh shadows. I don't remember the film or developer, but I was using my Rolleicord on a tripod.
Later that month, there was a Camera Club meeting, the contest theme being 'still life'. I printed my photograph of Dina to 16x20 and mounted it on a 20x24 white mount board. I took it to the club meeting even though it did not qualify as a still life - hey, she was 'still', and she was full of 'life'... ;-)
Anyway, my photo was put up on the display board, to the left of all of the fruit bowl and flower still lifes. At the end of the judging, the judge (the club president) said, and I've never forgotten this, "everyone needs to come up here and look at this photograph of Dina. Jim Brick took it with his Rolleicord and printed it to 16x20. Come see how sharp, crisp, and clear this photograph is. And after seeing this, I don't ever want to hear any excuses for unsharp photographs."
I still have the box to my original Rolleicord. The price marked on it is $149.50. I wish I still had the camera. I got the camera at cost, $99, as my uncle's drug store had a photo counter and he was able to buy directly from the distributor.
My point is, a 16x20 print from my 1952 Rolleicord caught the attention of the Camera Club president. I still have the print, stored somewhere, and the negative, which is stored with a lot of other negs from back then, in the Rolleicord box.
If anybody knows what model Rolleicord, and possibly the lens type, for a new 1952 Rolleicord, I would be grateful.
--- Richard Knoppow Los Angeles, CA, USA dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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