It was while reading an old LIFE magazine from 1940 that I found this old advertisement for the Graflex Speed Graphic.
The Speed Graphic Was The dominant Portable professional camera from the 1930’s through the end of the 1950’s. It is no longer manufactured since 1973.
This is the camera of the Second World War … And the camera of most American journalists for over 20 years.
An iconic piece in the history of photography. And a beautiful instrument! That looks a bit complicated in appearance, but is very simple to use.
The version presented in the advertising is the “Anniversary” version, for 50 years of the brand in 1940. This version is equipped with a Kodak lens.