Oskar Barnack and Leica Cameras

November 1, 1879: Birthdate of Oskar Barnack who invented the Leica 35 mm camera which was then mass produced by Ernst Leitz.  Leitz would take advantage of the economic power and world-wide reach of his company that was based on Barnack’s invention to mount the rescue effort of German Jews known as the Leica Freedom Train.

http://archive.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/4975_52.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKxGbNXt_Is

The Federated States of Micronesia issued a stamp in 2000 commemorating the Leica as the first successful commercial 35mm camera.  In 1986, Great Britain issued a stamp commemorating the 60th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.  The stamp features 3 photos of Elizabeth and the center photo shows her holding a Leica camera.

Leica Camera - Micronesia          queen elizabeth II and Leica - 1986

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