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Reserved for Mark -- Vintage Argus C3 Brick Camera Rangefinder with Leather Case American Made - Vint

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The Argus C3, affectionately known as "The Brick," was produced between 1939 and 1966 by the Argus company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

This is the C3 model, and this particular camera was most likely produced between 1949-1950.
A few notes on dating this camera:
-Speed reminder dial is in ASA format
-Lower half of ranger finder is blue, not yellow
-10 hinge screws
-Coated lens
-Modern aperture series (3.5, 4, 5.6, 8)
-No nameplate on front
-No accessory shoe
-Serial number 365160

The camera is in great condition, and is clean inside. The shutter fires easily and doesn't stick. The camera is constructed from Bakelite and metal, with a leather facade. In the back of the camera, one leather panel is missing. The leather is fragile, and a small corner of leather chipped off on the front/left of the camera, after I shot my photos. I will include this with the shipment, for restoration purposes.

The camera's case is in nice shape, with a little deformation around the lens area. The snap closure works, and the case is in working order. The blue velvet inside the case is a little dusty.

Lastly, this camera is similar to the model that the character Colin Creevey used it in the film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Makes a fantastic display item, but an even better classic film camera for capturing something really amazing.

Overall, this camera is a phenomenal example of post-war American manufacturing. Definitely Ron Swanson-approved!

The Size: In case, measures 6" wide, 4.5" tall and 3.5" wide.

Reserved for Mark -- Vintage Argus C3 Brick Camera Rangefinder with Leather Case American Made - Vint


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: bakelite, metal, leather
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