"Yeah, that was a feature that really caught on, once it was introduced. It must have been a pretty good idea"
Funny story - I went into a pawn shop which I occasionally do the rounds of to see what might have slipped through the fingers of eBay... One such place had on old Praktica. The owner said: "Hmmm, old cameras? I have one, but its broken..." I asked to look at it. Of course, the film door fell off as I must admit I was not ready for it to not be hinged (just so accustomed to to the hinge, I guess) and the shop keeper comments: "See? It just falls off... broken." It took me a split second to realize what was at hand and I replied: "Yep... sure is broken... not much good to anyone now..."
Another liberated old camera through the ignorance of local pawn shop owners.
I am surprised to see the number of Zenits - I thought that experience would be limited to those of us from the other side of the "iron curtain". I for one love my zenit, and the fact that it is actually quite robust! I don't know if I just got lucky, but mine is still going strong except for the rewind knob and this little quirk where the image in the viewfinder is shifted slightly from what appears on film - really annoying until you learn to compensate for it. Oddly, that only started occuring a few years ago, it was perfectly in line for a long time!
And I just knew that there would be atleast one "special someone" story in there! That is a priceless camera-related memory indeed!