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    120 roll film spool with wooden shaft

    I have an Agfa spool for what looks like 120 film and the center shaft is made out of wood. Anybody have an idea about when these were made/used? Thanks, Bill Barber

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    Might be 620 or one of the 'older' sizes. I recall having seen something similar but can't date it.

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    Seems to be the same width as 120 and the spool shaft seems to be about the same diameter. Guess I could post a photo. My guess is it came from one of my older cameras. Bill Barber

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    I have a wooden 120 spool. They typically date from the second world war, when there were shortages of metal.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

    A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.

    Favourite film: do I need to pick only one?

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    Weren't they also used before the 1930s?

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    I have a wooden 120 spool with metal ends, also Agfa. It came with an exposed roll of Agfa ISS (Isopan Super Special) on it, not that I got anything decent from developing that roll.

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    I have a wooden one. It's definitely 120 not 620.
    Mine's featured in the picture I posted for the 120 film article on wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/120_film

    I should re-do that picture as I have one or two metal 120 spools now as well. Got the full set!

    Squinting at my pictures, my wooden spool is a Kodak one.
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    I have a few of these too. I may be wrong, but I would say that it could not be 620. All the 620 spools I have ever seen have a much narrower center shaft.
    2F/2F

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    Agfa were definitely using at least some wood-centre 120 spools into the early/mid 1960's, I can accurately date that from the time I was first introduced to serious photography at the school darkroom.
    I'm fairly sure that Kodak and Ilford were then using all-metal 120 spools, which were, of course, later replaced by the present one-piece plastic ones.

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    My Voigtlander 'Baby Bessa' 66 came with a wood center spool. Dad gave me that camera in 1949; it was used. So, they were around then.
    Bruce

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