Stereo Realist Model 1041
Originally uploaded by Capt Kodak
Manufactured from 1947 to 1971 by the David White Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (the one in my collection has a serial number that indicates it was manufactured between 1947 and 1949). A solid built 35mm stereo camera. The Model 1041 featured f3.5 lenses which were covered with a Bakelite flip up lens cover made to the front of the camera. The cover has the “Hyperfocal Table” printed inside for handy reference. The camera featured a hot shoe for flash photography. Aiming and focusing were accomplished by looking through two small viewfinder holes at the bottom rear of the back of the camera. The hole on the left provided the view for framing your photo (looking through the center lens in front). The hole on the right was connected to a range finder lens set that viewed through two small square sights at the outer edges of the lens area on the front of the camera. You lined up the top and bottom of your image for proper focus. A unique design, the lens was fixed in mount and movable film plane controlled by the focus knob on the side focused the camera.
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