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VERGNE - Atlas 6x6 (1949)

Box Cameras

Atlas 6x6 (1949)

Le Perreux-sur-Marne is a charming little town near Paris (France), well known for its millstone houses and its picturesque riversides of the Marne river.

In the early XX°century, professional and amateur photographers were attracted by this town but also businessmen of the photography industry.

The fist one was J.Jougla who established circa 1900 a production unit of Gelatino-Bromide glass plates.

Then, at the end of the WWII, Roger Vergne installed at the number 44 of the Avenue des Champs Elysées, a factory producing photographic cameras. The quantity of cameras produced in this factory was very limited but all were of a great quality.

The most famous model produced by Vergne at Le Perreux's factory was the Atlas 6x6 which is presented here. It is a small box in sheet stell using film 620 for negatives of format 6 x 6 cm. This camera was available in three versions :

bulletAtlas 6x6 ROYAL with simple meniscus
bulletAtlas 6x6 with lens Trylor Roussel 1:4,5 f=75 and shutter ATOS-1
bulletAtlas 6x6 with lens Stylor Roussel 1:3,5 f=75 and shutter ATOS-2

Only 2000 boxes of this model were produced during the year 1949. Today, it is quite difficult to find.

This Atlas 6x6 was also available in an AUTOMATIC version, which has been produced in 100 units, so even rarer than the regular Atlas 6x6. The automated function was justified by the handle ensuring at the same time the film advance and the reloading of the shutter.

A third version of the Atlas was also available in a 6x9 cm format using a film 120.

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