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I have a camera that my great uncle apparently got in WWII. He was in hand to hand combat.
I was wondering if it is worth anything and if the story sounds like it could be true. I have found nothing on line except for one that sold for under $100.
Since my kids will never want it, I thought I may trade it for a decent digital camera with zoom.....dream big.
I'd appreciate if you could tell me anything about it.
Thank you so much.

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Hello Debbi,

There is no reason that your great uncle could not have acquired this camera during his combat duty in WWII, except this model is actually significantly older. The Huttig firm did not even exist independently after 1926 because it combined with several other German companies to form the photographic giant Zeiss Ikon. Your Lloyd camera dates from around 1905-1908, and was designed to make 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch exposures on either #118 roll film (or whatever the European equivalent of that size) or on glass plates loaded in skinny little holders that slipped into the back. These cameras remain fairly common in Europe, where they do indeed sell for "under $100", and for a truly excellent example I would suggest a current collectible market value in the $70-$90 range. I'm afraid it won't get you very close to a "decent digital camera", but it's certainly better than a poke in the eye. If you're determined to sell and wondering where to do it, your only option might be eBay because you need to reach a wide audience. Regarding how and when your great uncle might have acquired this camera, if it was during WWII, most likely as war booty scavenged out of a wrecked household somewhere, but certainly not from a German soldier. A camera like this was not only too old for a "modern" German soldier to have carried into war, but also much too large and cumbersome.

Best wishes,

David F. Silver -- President
International Photographic Historical Organization

silver@photographyhistory.com  

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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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