Yummy, and truly rare.

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  1. jon koss

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    I thought everyone might enjoy this. It even has the original case! This thing makes the styling of a Kodak Bantam look tame by comparison! In person, it is a deliciously streamlined bubble. Enjoy.
     

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    That's beautiful That makes me want to collect.
     
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    Dear Jon,

    Wonderful! Sometimes I wonder about collecting only kitsch cameras.

    Thanks,

    R.
     
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    Found this in McKeown's.

    Indra-Lux. 1949. Streamlined black plastic camera for 4x4 on 127 film. Fixed focus f/7.7 60mm lens from Wetzlar. "Export" model has coated lens. Z & M shutter. Direct eye-level finder has tinted plastic front to simulate result on B & W film. Very rare. The fragile camera was advertised as 'unzerbrechlich' (unbreakable) and came with a one-year insurance against theft and breakage. No wonder Indra-Camera was in business only a few months. First advertising appeared about December 1949. Until our seventh edition no major reference book even had a photograph of this camera, but only the line drawings used in early advertising.

    I wonder what it would fetch at Christie's? Would it be treated as a toy or a collectible camera?

    J

     
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    McKeown's Guide, 2005-2006 vlaues the Indra-Lux at $150-200. Quoted from text: "1949. Streamlined black plastic camera for 4x4cm on 127 film. Fixed focus f7.7.60mm lens from Wretzlar. Export model has coated lens. Z&M shutter. Direct eyelevel finder has tinted plastic front to simulate result on B&W film. Very Rare. The fragile camera was advertised as 'unzerbrechlich' (unbreakable) and came with a one year insurance against theft and breakage. No wonder Indra-Camera was in business only a few months. First advertising appeared about December 1949."

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    Regards.