I also have box camera from early 1940s or something in that period. "Herco Imperial" This one is even more primitive. A single plastic lens. No aperture. Single speed shutter which is just two pieces of metal and a spring. Image is kind of sharp in the middle but significantly distorted and not-sharp off center. No light leaks though.
I take it out every now and then. It kind of resets my prospective about this whole camera thing.