Relict of the enduring film era
Here's a quirky one!
No doubt there are many APUG members around the globe who own a piece of equipment, maybe many pieces, that bear those ubiquitous JCII or JCMD PASSED oval gold stickers.
The history of the why and wherefore of equipment bearing these enigmatic little stickers is interesting enough, together with occasionally very amusing discourse on various websites.
My sister recalls that many years ago when I came home with a new camera she watched as there was a hurried job in "scraping off those little stickers ... with the urgency of a termite mound that had just been kicked!". Over the ensuing decades, I've had many cameras over all the marques and would have seen these stickers on everything from an OM 1N to a Nikon F3HP to a Canon T90, and several OM lenses — though none at all from around 1993. My recently acquired mint (unused) Olympus XA bears two JCII / JCMD PASSED stickers. I have been researching the meaning of these stickers as they have been noticed on many traded pieces of equipment. We do not see them on digital cameras. More interestingly, many camera dealers on eBay (including the dealer where I bought the XA in USA) believe that cameras/lenses/flashes etc. bearing these (original, "not faked") stickers have enhanced value as collectors' items, if the equipment itself is in excellent to mint condition. The one negative reference to teh PASSED stickers is that the adhesive is quite reactive and will leave an oval mark upon removal that is noticeably out of whack with the rest of the equipment finish. Reason enough to leave them in place? For now, I am happy to leave the "gold standards" in place.
What is the view of others here with equipment bearing JCII PASSED stickers? Do you see them as a sort of "hallmark" of value? Or no meaning at all other than to despoliate an attractive finish — something be ripped off, never to be seen again?
• "Olly" with those stickers...
• Historical reference: JCII
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 05-29-2012 at 04:36 AM. Click to view previous post history.