September 29 2010 Long lost friend
My very first 35mm was an Argus C3 that I bought used probably in 1960 or 61. In 1971 I loaned it to my brother for a trip to San Francisco. He left it in a taxi cab.
While we were on vacation last week we stumbled across a store in Plymouth Wisconsin that carried lots of antiques. It was mostly clocks and dishes but I happened across this camera and just had to buy it. I don't plan to use it but I feel good just having it. Reminds me of my photography roots and especially my Mom, who taught me about photography. We even had our own black and white darkroom where I processed a lot of film from my Argus C3.
The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world for nearly three decades, and helped popularize the 35mm format.