Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/11

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Subject: [Leica] RUSSIAN KGB leica?"
From: raimo.m.korhonen at (Raimo K)
Date: Tue Apr 11 23:12:20 2006
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If it really says USSR it certainly is a fake.
All the best!
Raimo K
personal photography homepage at:

Quoting Peter Klein <>:

> Ted and other interested parties:
> The inscription, in Cyrillic (Russian) said, NKVD - USSR.
> The NKVD was the precursor of the KGB.  FED, the name of the camera,
> are 
> the initials of the founder of the NKVD.  He also built a factory
> that 
> trained orphans in trades, which is why the camera bears his name. 
> You can 
> read the full story here:
> (Marc James Small, please feel free to correct any inaccuracies).
> My own thoughts are that the top plate was much too shiny and unworn
> compared to the rest of the camera.  So perhaps an enterprising
> Russian put 
> a new top plate on an old camera.  Also, since the NKVD was the
> secret 
> police, why would they use a camera with their agency name on it. 
> Then the 
> owner wouldn't be secret anymore  :-)   Unless of course, such a
> camera was 
> made for the bigwigs.
> Ted, please post or send me a photo of the top plate, and I'll ask
> Katya to 
> translate the rest of the inscription.
> --Peter

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