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Vivitar E - 33 Photo Enlarger

Originally founded as Ponder & Best, Inc., the company was established in Santa Monica, California in 1938 as a distributor of photographic products by the German immigrants Max Ponder and John C. Best. Ponder and Best fled to the United States from Germany after Hitler rose to power. The pair started out selling photographic equipment from a 1936 Oldsmobile. Best wrote invoices from the back seat while Ponder acted as the salesman and retrieved merchandise from the trunk.

The base measures approx. 15" x 12 1/2" x 1/2" Has a double condenser head, rack and pinion focusing, single post oblique column.

They chose Vivitar as their brand name. While the majority equipment bore the "Vivitar" name alone, several variants were also used over the years: the earliest lenses bear the label "P & B Vivitar". A small number of lenses custom-developed for specific customers were labelled "Vivitar Professional", occasionally special edition equipment bore labels such as "Vivitar RL Edition", "Vivitar SMS", or "Vivitar DL". The most well known variant is "Vivitar Series 1" a badge created for the highest end equipment (though after the 2008 dissolution of the company, the "Vivitar Series 1" label began to be used interchangeably with the plain "Vivitar" badging). Ponder & Best filed for the Vivitar trademark on 21 September, 1965. The application states that the name Vivitar was first used in commerce in November of 1963.

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Reduced Price Was 55.00 -- Now 45.00 Vivitar E - 33 Photo Enlarger


  • Vintage Supply from the 1970s
  • Material: Metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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