The Bolsey A is a 35mm viewfinder camera made by Bolsey around 1952. It has a Wollensak 44/4.5 lens and a Wollensak shutter giving B, 25, 50, 100 speeds. In Sanford's book, there is a reproduction of an advertisement for the Bolsey A: in the advertising picture the camera is marked BOLSEY MODEL A on the front. Nobody seems to have ever seen a Bolsey A, and it is unsure if it was sold under that name.
The same camera was sold under the name La Belle Pal. La Belle Industries Inc. was a company based in Wisconsin, manufacturing projectors and slide viewers. It seems the Pal was their only camera.
|image by Tony Kemplen (Image rights)|
|Bolsey Model A, top camera in this 1952 advertisement|
scanned by Nesster (Image rights)
- Pont, Patrice-Hervé. Le Bolsey. Fotofiche n°9. Flassy (France): Fotosaga, June 1988. (Leaflet, no ISBN number.)
- Sanford, Richard. Bolsey, the man behind the camera. Home publication, 2003. (No ISBN number.)
|With nameplate "La Belle Pal"|
image by Tatsunari Oshima (Image rights)