Talk:Spartus Full-Vue

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Do we actually know which is the restyled Full-Vue? The one with the "red grid" faceplate would seem to be much less common than the other style. Additionally, the red grid faceplate also appears on one version of the Spartus Press Flash, which is also much less common than the black-striped faceplate version. This might lead one to suppose that the red grid style was the quickly-abandoned original...
--John Kratz 13:52, 16 August 2011 (PDT)

You're right that is a bit of guesswork on my part—but it seems warranted. Look at the styling of the NYC-built Press Flash models, such as here or here. Those have the black faceplate, with the vertical-lines-ending-in-squares motif. Also just in terms of the font styling, the sloping S seems very "Art Deco" to me while the lighter face and script look more 1950s to my eye. As a comparison, see the older versus later Argus 75 models.--Vox 18:39, 16 August 2011 (PDT)
Here's another bit of evidence: The seller of this eBay auction dates the catalog it comes from to 1961; it definitely shows the lighter face with the restyled plastic molding around the lens.--Vox 08:16, 17 August 2011 (PDT)