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Photos courtesy of Phil Sterritt
Model: A
Production Years: 1936-1941
Description:
50mm F4.5
Original Argus with Collapsible Lens Mount
Produced in Grey, Brown, as well as Black and Olive Drab.
Original announcements for the camera indicated a white model was also planned, but there is no evidence that a white model was ever produced.
Sold New, in 1939 for $10.
 
 
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Photo courtesy of Jerry Vincent
Model: AF
Production Years: 1937-1938
Description:
50mm F4.5
Same as A, but with Focusing Lens to provide Full Focusing abilities
 
 
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Model: B
Production Years: 1937 Only
Description:
50mm F2.9
Produced with Prontor II Shutter Rather than familiar Ilex
 
 
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Photo courtesy of Phil Sterritt
Model: A2B
Production Years: 1939-1950
Description:
50mm F4.5
Built-in Extinction Meter and Exposure Calculator.
Sold New for $12.50, in 1939.
 
 
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Photo courtesy of Jerry Vincent
Model: AA
Production Years: 1940-1942
Description:
50mm F6.3
Fixed Focus Lens, Flash Synch on left end
(The first Flash Argus)
 
 
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Photo courtesy of Jerry Vincent
Model:  A2F
Production Years: 1939-1941
Description:
50mm F4.5
Same as A2B, but with Helical Focusing Lens.
Sold new for $15.00, in 1939.
 
 
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Photo courtesy of Jerry Vincent
Model:  FA
Production Years: 1950-1951
Description:
50mm F4.5
Familiar Collapsible Lens, with Flash Synch on left end. The last of the Bakelite "A" Series Cameras
Camera was Stamped with Date of Mfgr: yymm