Beautiful estate find Minolta Autocord Model L lot. It appears that the camera was made in the 1950s. This stunning lot includes the Minolta Autocord L camera, Junior BC Flash, and Lens Shade. It also includes their cases, boxes, instructions for the camera, and more. It really does not look like it was used. It is like it was given as a gift, then stored away. It is untested.
I have been asked about the response to light. I took it out of the case, flipped up the top and the logo on the face of the camera and shown my I-Phone flashlight on it. The light value meter is similar to a level in that it seems to float in water. When the light is shone, the value moves in the glass bubble. That said taking it out of the case and opening the back to where you load the film seems to be very clean.
Please review the photos carefully. There is some wear/damage to the boxes. They've done an excellent job in protecting their contents for the last 60 or so years.
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Here's what you'll get:
Minolta Autocord Model L camera. There is scratch to the brown case that looks like it is only from the rivet of the strap. There is also a small one cm scratch on the lid of the brown case, again likely from the strap hardware. The case is overall shiny. On the top edge, it is stamped No. 178193. It is my understanding that some of the switches on these are fragile, so I didn't push or turn anything or test.
Minolta's Junior B.C. Flash. Has 236 written on bottom of box with grease pen. The box has a stain and a tear on one of the sides. The grey vinyl zippered case is in nice condition. The zipper works and the white cloth zipper 'tape' has a bit of yellowing. The flash features a fold-up silver bulb pan? (not sure what it's called). It opens and closes like a fan it is in clean condition and the cord and brochure are in the case. It is untested.
The Lens Shade box is listed as For Minolta Autocord & Autocord L and 4.50 is written on the lid. The box is in fair condition with some tears and it has come unglued on one side. The lens shade is in nice condition and is marked Minolta. The brown case is in really nice shape and is shiny. There are no other pieces in this box. No instructions, but seem self explanatory.
The paperwork includes: Minolta Autocord Model L Instructions for Using (some small tears to cover on front and back), Minolta hang tag, Minolta Camera Guarantee Certificate with tear off registry to mail in, envelope to mail it in, a mail-in small brochure for Popular Photography magazine, two ad brochures for the Minolta A 35mm camera (one has a small tear).
This is one beauty that you would be proud to add to your collection.
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