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Armadale Victoria, Australia
DoneSun, Apr 13, 2014 4:00 AM GMT

Antique & Collectable Cameras

The passing of Willie Feinberg (1935-2013), left a considerable gap in the tapestry of life in the Southern Highlands. A frequent visitor to Bowral's many cafes, Willie was a friend to many and was known as the "can do man", by those who enjoyed the benefits of his many skills. The staff at the post office also got used to seeing him almost every day as his cameras arrived from all corners of the globe. Willie's interest in miniature and sub-miniature cameras - so eloquently illustrated in this catalogue - grew out of a practical consideration: if you can only use what you can carry, you better bring good quality, well designed, light-weight equipment. And that extended to cameras. Willie was fascinated by these "little miracles" of design and function and, in later life, was able to indulge this interest by acquiring, studying and talking about the way photography and miniaturization had come together so exquisitely. He really loved the Minox story, was excited by the complexities of the Tessina and was endlessly amused by the many variations of Hit cameras, novelty cameras and dead-end stupid designs, that gave him just as much pleasure as the more elegant and sophisticated Leicas and Compasses. Willie and his soul-mate Caroline, scoured the world - via the internet and on foot - looking for additions to this collection, which graced their home and dominated any visit: a glass of wine and an introduction to the joys of camera collecting were a right of passage for all of us who had the pleasure and privilege to be invited. Now many new collectors have the opportunity to continue Willie's love affair with cameras and all they represent. We hope you enjoy this catalogue and if you're not already a camera collector, as Willie would say, "What are you waiting for?"