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FRANKE & HEIDECKE - Rolleiflex Automat 1937 (1937-1939)

Reflex Bi-Lens

Rolleiflex Automat - 1937
(Lens Tessar 1:3,5  f=7,5cm)

This camera has five successive versions cinq versions successives whose the first one was the Rolleiflex Automat 1937 presented here.
Easy to identify within the series as it is the only one having of a bayonet-mount for accessories on the taking lens only. This lens is a Zeiss Tessar 1:3,5 f=7,5cm.

The heavy body prefigures already the one of the Rolleiflex. It is equipped with a Compur Rapid shutter giving speeds from 1/500 s to 1s, B, T and a self-timer. In addition to wind on the shutter, each rotation of the handle reloads the selt-timer.

The focusing is done using the large knob located on the left of the body. Rotating this know induces the moving of the plate supporting the two lens.

This first model does not have a synchro-flash plug nor sportsfinder. No ruby window on the back side. This one is replaced by a picture counter. This one is located on the right face of the camera, close from the handle.

This camera with the serial number 645641 was the one of the famous composer Arkady Ougritchich of Trebinsky (1897-1982).
Born in Ukraine, he joined the Imperial High School of St-Petersbourg and studied music at Kiev, Berlin and Paris. He left  Russia in 1919 and was travelling in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Yougoslavia before to settle in France where he obtained the French nationality. He got married in 1920 with Helena of Leuchtenberg, Countess Wolkonsky, descendant of one of daughters of Nicolas 1st and grand-granddaugther  of Eugène de Beauharnais.
Founder of the club of contemporary music, and later Director of Academy of Russian music (which became the Rachmaninoff Conservatoire). He left 59 very varied works of music (symphonies, works for piano, melodies, sonatas, etc). He died on March 10th, 1982 in the town of Asnières-sur-seine near Paris.

                                                                                                                                                                    Thank to  Monsieur Patrick T. de GRANDSAIGNES

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