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Bolsey Model C - 1950
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• Popular and unusual 35mm twin lens reflex

• $109.50 in 1951 ($918 in 2010 dollars)

Jacques Bolsey is probably better known for the Bolex 16mm movie camera, which he introduced in 1927. He moved to the US from Switzerland in 1939 and brought out the Bolsey B in 1947. The B and the C (shown here) were very compact and therefore favored by women. Indeed, the case for my Bosey Model C has a woman's name marked on it.

The Model C has an eye-level direct viewfinder, a waist-level viewfinder, and a separate rangefinder, as you can see in the photos. The waist-level finder even has a fold-out magnifier.

Bolsey designed a 35mm SLR, too, the Bolsey Reflex, but had it manufactured in Switzerland. It was priced too high to be successful, so he sold the dies, and that camera became the Alpa Reflex.

The Model C design is based on the Model B (also in this app), as you can see in the photo below.

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Bolsey Model CBolsey Model CBolsey Model CBolsey Model C
Bolsey Model CBolsey Model CBolsey Model CBolsey Model C
Bolsey Model B and Model CAd from Popular Photography, April 1951Ad from Popular Photography, May 1951Listing in Sears Camera Catalog, 1952
Listing in Sears Camera Catalog, 1953

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