Dating old cameras
The range 5000 - 70138 is per published information. Camera Index 1950 - 1951 Serial number: None -- date stamped inside in the bay where the film goes, in format YYMM, where YY is year (50 or 51) and MM is month. Camera Index 1940 - 1942 Serial number: stamped on the inside of the back in the format "0nnnnn" where nnnnnn is between 100000 (October 1940) and 140980 (1942).Survey data so far support that but actual endpoints are unknown. Camera Index 1939 - 1941 Serial number:on a label inside above the film rails in the format "A2F nnnnn". Empirical data suggests range of nnnnn is approximately 1000 (1939) to 40000 (1941). Camera Index 1937 Serial number: on a label inside above the film rails in the format "No. Published information stating range is "shared with model A" is incorrect. Stamped in dark numbers on a black surface so hard to see under the best of conditions. The two cameras share the same set of serial numbers and it's not known if different ranges were used for each of the two cameras. Serial number: on a label inside on side of lens housing in the format "19- 1nnnnn"."No-Name Camros" -- which must include a box with the logo deliberately obscured and the words "NAME OF NATIONALLY KNOWN MAKE DELETED" overprinted to be considered authentic -- are probably early Delcos.Camera Index 1938 Serial number: on a label inside below sprocket wheels in the format "nnnnn C" where nnnnnn is between 107.If you feel a need to refer my material, give a URL saying in effect "More information can be found at Camera Quest." Copyright 1998-2017 Stephen Gandy. This means you may NOT copy and re-use the text or the pictures in ANY other internet or printed publication of ANY kind.Information in this document is subject to change without notice.Older pages are sometimes updated, so if you like one of the profiles, re-visit it occasionally.Stephen Gandy, Los Angeles In practical terms this means while you are welcome to use my work for personal use, you can NOT for ANY reason copy and republish this material in any way whatsoever, including any re-use and posting of my materials on the internet for ANY purpose.
Survey data so far support that but actual endpoints are unknown. The range 19078 - 91945 is per published information. Contributions of Dan Cluley, Mike Reitsma, Curtis Riddick, Brian Waddell, and the Michigan Photographic Historical Society gratefully acknowledged. Establishing dates of manufacture for Argus cameras is an inexact art. Sterritt For pictures of Argus cameras to help in identifying which model you have, Click here.This page is under continual construction and updating.At any one time, at least 10 new pages are under preparation.
If your camera has a five-digit serial number between 0000 and it has the following set of features, its serial number is probably accurate and the camera was made in 1945 or early 1946: If your camera has a five-digit serial number between 0000 and it has the following set of features, its serial number is probably missing the leading '1' (add 100000 to get the correct number) and the camera was made in late 1946 or early 1947: Thanks to Curtis Riddick for information that helped solve the riddle of the earliest postwar cameras.