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The protagonists of this project are the cameras produced in Italy between 1946 and 1964.
In the immediate post-war
period, a good number of Italian industries ventured into the
manufacture of photographic equipment.
The reasons that led to
such feverish activities were varied and different, each company had
its own, the only general data was to observe how at the end of the
Second World War the dramatic situation of the German industry had
created a productive vacuum in the Italian and European photographic market.
Unfortunately, this particular moment of the Italian photographic industry was exhausted in a short time and I think it is interesting to analyze some simple data that show what the trend over time was.
In the period 1946-1964 the cameras presented were 171 manufactured by 30 companies.
In the period 1946-1955 the cameras presented were 121 (equal to 71% of the total); at the end of 1955, 15 companies had ceased activity in the sector (50% of the total)
In 1964 the companies still active were only 2: Bencini and Ferrania.
The types of cameras produced at that time were the most varied, from the simplest and cheapest to the most complex and expensive, micro-cameras, stereo cameras, Leica copies, etc .; some cameras presented interesting solutions, sometimes so original as to be unfortunately practically useless to take photographs.
Seen through the eyes of the collector, the cameras presented at that time, for the variety of types and the small number of pieces produced, represent an "eldorado" in which to find "little treasures" able to find a place in the most diverse collections of cameras, in some cases we are faced with real rarity.
|ALPHA PHOTO - Piacenza
|BONIFORTI e BALLERIO - Milano
(Perseo, Kobell, Kobell Film, Photocrome, Linear)
|BOSCOLI BORLETTI - Milano
|S. S. R. DUCATI - Bologna
(Sogno, Simplex, Sport)
|DURST SpA - Bolzano
(Gil, Duca, D66, Automatica)
|F. A. F. - Pordenone
|G. G. S. - Milano
|I. S. O. - Milano
(Lux, Bilux, Reporter, Standard, Duplex 120)
|OFFICINE GAMMA - Roma
(Gamma, Perla, Stella, Alba, Atom, Atlas)
|Officina GATTO (Sonne) - Pordenone
(Sonne IV, Sonne V, Sonne C, Sonne C4, Vestacrom)
|OMI NISTRI - Roma
|RECTAFLEX SpA - Roma
(Rectaflex, Rotor, Kinoflex)
|ROTO - Torino
(Elvo, Simbi, Nea Fotos, Juve, Ardita, OK, Jolly, Derby, Lys)
|SAN GIORGIO S.I.p.A. - Genova
(Parva, Safo, Janua)
|S.I.R.I.O. - Firenze
(Elettra I, Elettra II)