Leicagraph - Leica IIIa
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Leicagraph - Leica IIIa

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This Leica IIIa might not appeal to everyone and the engraving isn't military.. However, it does provide quite an interesting history especially for those of us in Australia!

I recently picked this up and was intrigued by the engraving after Leica, to give 'Leicagraph' (with Melb written underneath). A quick search came up with this exhibition that is currently on in Sydney...

https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/s...snapshot-craze

I think this camera was used at the Melbourne branch of Leicagraph on Flinders Lane which opened in 1935 (the same year this camera was made). I had no idea that anything like this ever took place and that this camera could well be connected with this company!

It's had a hard life and some interesting adjustments (check the rangefinder arm for starters...) but I reckon I can get it up and running again over the coming months

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LEICAGRAPH- Leica IIIa by David Helmore, on Flickr

LEICAGRAPH- Leica IIIa by David Helmore, on Flickr

LEICAGRAPH- Leica IIIa by David Helmore, on Flickr

LEICAGRAPH- Leica IIIa by David Helmore, on Flickr
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Dang, that looks like it had a hard working life.

Hopefully getting it to working condition won't require too much work. Good luck
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Yep!... itís well used and looks like itís been sat around for a very long time... Iím not going to know the full extent of the work until I start stripping it down in a few weeks...

Hereís some more info about Leicagraph

https://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=98348

In the Sydney office alone they employed 25 photographers on the street who were using around 550 films each week in the 1930/40 period..
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A very nice camera. Great to see one that tells a story. Many will tell you that 'condition is all' but this one transcends that!
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That's really cool that you found out the history behind that camera.

Reading about the "THE STREET SNAPSHOT CRAZE" reminds me of what happened in the States back in the 1970's during the "Jim Fix Running Craze". Photographers used to line up on the running courses and take pics of the runners as they came by. Then they would get your address from the race registration and mail you a little 35mm contact print, with an address where you could send them like $10 and they would print and send you a 5x7 of you running the race. I wonder if they got that idea from your mates in Australia, Dave?

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It has " PATINA" !

To use a current euphemism that is popular these days to describe old clunky beater cars in a good light, instead of saying what they really are..rusted out pieces of worn out junk that belong in the scrap yard.
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Super Cool! Thanks for Sharing!
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that's freaking cool. I really dig that the vulcanite is so worn that it's almost completely smooth. Cameras this beat seem to be way more rare than mint ones.

best of luck getting 'er up and running again!
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Thanks all! Canít wait to get it up and running again!

From what Ive discovered, Leicagraph started in Sydney but I found out this info online in a newspaper archive around when the Melbourne studio started. I think that C21 refers to camera 21. There are also the remains of a name on the baseplate but itís too far gone to read....

24/5/35

Leicagraph Pty Ltd - to acquire the business of photographers carried on under the style of Leicagraph Co. Capital 5000 pounds.
Directors: Joseph Harold Mackliss and Mildred Mackliss, 210 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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It's a pity film cameras don't have a frame-ometer, Dave, as I suspect that one's shot a lot. If you pull the pressure plate out and take a look at that it may give a clue by the depth of the film transport path. An auto electrician was looking at my old BMW bike's alternator and guessed it had done more than 300,000 kilometres by the depth of the grooves on the commutator.
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Great find - I have always loved cameras with a history. Looking forward to see the progress of the project. You've done a few Barnack resurrections already, so I guess you aren't diving in the deep end.
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Hoping to have a look inside over the weekend. I think it’s going to be quite a project... but I love a challenge!! Compared to the last 3a I did there is a lot more of it there to start with!!
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