THE "BEAUTY SIX"

This Japanese 6x6 cm "folder" dates from 1950 and, according to an article in the
Camerapedia, it is one of only 2 surviving examples known to exist in the world!  It is,
to my knowledge, the only example complete with the original, leather, ever-ready case
and original factory box.  Both are in fine condition.

It is the predecessor of the FRANK SIX, and you can see the relevant Camerapedia article, here.
An  article on the 1953 Beauty Six can be found here.

Though I'm unsure if ownership of such a beast will ever bring me fame or fortune,
it is certainly interesting!

 



 

Surprisingly, the shutter still appears to work smoothly and accurately (except for 'Bulb' - which
seems to be equivalent to 1/25th of a second)
, as does the self-timer, which runs without hesitation
and releases the shutter smoothly, as it should.

The bellows, amazingly enough, seems to still be light tight, and without any cracks.  I find this
most unusual for a camera now 55+ years old!  Sadly, the original sync connector is
missing. I do not know if it was simply knocked off, over the years, or if I had
a problem putting it back on, when I disassembled the camera
in the late 1950's, at the tender age of 10 or 12!

The Beauty Six bears many similarities to the Frank Six, which came later.  This, presumably late,
example of the Beauty Six, bears the FRANK name on the shutter, although it seems
that the later FRANK SIX camera did not have this marking! 




The back is fully removable.  A rotating "button" on the middle bottom is the lock.
The back (with pressure plate) then slides off, in the same manner as the
early Nikon F, or Leica CL cameras.



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If interested, you can also find my antique Debrie Sept and 1950 Beauty Six (one of only two known
to exist in the world)
at Camer-Wiki.org.

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Last updated: 27 February, 2015