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Maison D. Soulé was a French camera maker, beginning in Bagnères-de-Bigorres, in the Pyrenees. Dominique Soulé's father had set up a wood-working shop in 1862.[1] When his father died in 1878, Soulé had to leave his education to take over the company, employing about twenty people, at the age of fifteen. He began the company's interest in photographic products, beginning with accessories such as camera stands, but moving on to make cameras, including folding stand cameras, studio cameras and photo-jumelle cameras.[2] The company prospered, opening branches in Paris, Marseilles and Lyon, as well as Barcelona, where cameras were assembled from parts made in France, to circumvent Spanish import duty.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Company history (the text (in French) of information about the Soulé company, dated 1900; apparently a nomination for an award at a Chamber of Commerce exhibition) reproduced at Sylvain Halgand's Collection d'Appareils.
  2. Soulé Photographic Catalogue of 1912, also at Collection d'Appareils.
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