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I am researching the history of the Gilbert box camera and its designer, Geoffrey Gilbert. The camera was made in the 1950s and had an unusual steel body covered in artificial lizard skin. This camera will be familiar to many.
I am trying to establish who made the camera, how many were made and why an apparently well specified, reasonably-priced and attractive camera had such a short life in the middle of the 1950s.
To help estimate production numbers, I need serial numbers and I hope members may be able to help.
There are two sources of this information. The first is the aluminium catch which holds the front and back of the camera together (eg 15155 in the photo, below). The second is the side flap on the top of the box. The flap has both the camera number and the lens batch (10393 and Batch 2 in the photo, below) both of which are of interest to me.
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