Mackenstein La Francia

A delicate French 45 x 107 strut folding design, La Francia folded up into a very small package. It would be carried in a felt pouch and was perfectly suited to be carried in a purse, or coat pocket. Like many of its contemporaries, the shutter is pneumatically controlled, with "slow" (lent), and "fast" (rapide) settings. The aperture control knob on the upper right must have been a production line modification. Whereas labeling on the front plate has been beautifully engraved, markings for the aperture knob are scratched in by hand. Perhaps it came unmarked and an owner later scratched in his own markings. Another oddity of this particular camera is the red leather bellows have been dyed black. This is one of the rare few cameras I think actually looks better in black.