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I got this for under $12 on eBay. Made in the USA, there is little on the Internet regarding any date. I am guessing the model I have is post-war due to the Wollensak 75mm f4.5 lens and shutter, made in Rochester, NY, USA. The shutter doesn’t fire and is stuck open. That is perfect for me- I will remove the lens and shutter assembly and use it on a bellows with a DSLR.


Sorry for the poor image, I’m just too lazy right now to set up a studio shot on something that will be in the landfill in less than a week. The reason I purchased it was to use the lens assembly as mentioned above. I don’t want another dust catcher that would probably never be used in any other way due to the overall poor condition of the seals, bellows, etc.

Update: It seems this beastie was manufactured under many different names. Mine is a Wirgin #300xx 47 47 Bronx Blvd NY 66 NY according to the label inside.

Here is some further info from a website:

Okay, the Voigt is a generic amateur’s folding bellows camera, made in the late 1940’s by the Vokar Corporation in the USA, for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch exposures on #120 roll film. Now it was not that uncommon for American camera suppliers to buy overstock gear from German and Japanese manufacturers, put their own name on them, and market the cameras here as their own products. However, here we have an example of a camera made in America, it was purchased at a deep discount by a large German supplier, and sold over there instead! In America this camera was called the Vokar A and Vokar B (depending on the lens ans shutter combinations). But when Wirgin of Germany marketed the camera under their own name, they called it the Voigt, the Voigt Junior, and the Wirgin Deluxe! Despite the bizarre history, I’m afraid the Voigt and all its various incarnations is a rather common little beast, and it doesn’t generate a lot of collectible interest today. A truly excellent example might sell for $30. However, if you have one in its gorgeous original “art deco” box, the price can triple. Yes, the box is worth more than the camera!