|THE "BEAUTY SIX"
This Japanese 6x6 cm "folder" dates from 1950
and, according to an article on the
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,
and original factory box. Both are in fine condition.
It is the predecessor of the FRANK SIX and you
can see the relevant Camera-Wiki.org article, 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 65+ 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
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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updated: 26 November, 2018