THE MINCA, MODEL M, AND MODEL K
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 18:43:54 -0700
Subject: Re: ACG-- Flocks of Argeese
Here is my understanding of the Argus M and the Argus 19 (Minca 28) then
the Camro 28 (Cameo) and the Delco 828
The M was produced from 1939 - 1940. Lahue says in The American 35mm
says it was introduced as a Christmas gift package in 1939. He also
says Argus executives indicated they made about 750,000 of them.
The Argus 19 (Minca 28) per Lahue was produced 1947 - 1948. The dies
were then sold. Lahue says it was renamed the Cameo and sold by a
I have never seen a Cameo but have a Camro 28. There is also a Delco
828 reported in McKeown's. I am still looking for a Delco 828.
What do others know about these cameras?
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 07:59:35 -0600
Subject: ACG - 828 Argii
My two cents re the 828 Argeese:
The Model M's lens retracts a la the model A, and even more interesting, it
can be set up to give 16 'half-frame' pictures on a roll -- there are two
'barn doors' at the film plane that fold in, and an extra green window on the
back for the film numbers. I have two model Ms -- one has a transparent
green mask in the viewfinder to show the 'half-frame' area, the other has a
permanent opaque metal mask showing only the 'half-frame' area.
I have one each of the Minca, Camro and Delco, and they are essentially
identical except for badging.
I suspect they are harder to find in spite of their large production because
of crossover from 828 collectors.