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Nation's Attic 2024 Diving Into History

Vintage Underwater Photography Camera Housing

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Start price: $250

Estimated price: $500 - $1,000

Buyer's premium: 20%

Sales Tax: On the lot's price and buyer's premium

This extremely well designed and manufactured vintage homemade housing is circa 1950’s. It comes from a well-known private collection that is being downsized. An outstanding museum quality housing from the pioneering days of underwater photography that is superbly engineered and designed. It drew the attention of the Historical Diving Society’s photography specialist Sid Macken, who gave it a full-page feature in the Journal of Diving History, as follows. “This homemade housing was purchased from an online auction, and nothing is known about the owner/maker, but whoever built it did an elegant job. The housing fits the Argus C-3 camera which was manufactured between 1939 and 1966 and was very popular with underwater photographers in the 1950s and early 60’s. The cylindrical design shows that the maker understood the physics of pressure. The workmanship is superb, from neatly filleted welds to graceful wooden scales on the handgrips. All in all, a very fine housing, with a touch of mystery about it. The brass bolts holding the cover to the housing, have the name of a British aircraft manufacturing firm, Airco, stamped in them. That along with the quality of work suggests that an aeronautical engineer or machinist may have built the housing. The do-it-yourself era of diving equipment is mostly a thing of the past, however there was a time when homemade equipment was the mainstay of underwater photography, and many of the early commercial manufacturers of underwater photographic equipment and professional underwater photographers got their feet wet while building and using homemade gear.” A unique and superbly designed and build underwater housing and its camera, with original magazine article. Please note that one of the acorn nuts is missing on the back.

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