My latest purchase. I have never seen or heard of this model before I saw it. I was attracted by the Art Deco design more than anything. It was in a foul condition when I got it home but some application of polish and duster and it came up rather well. The mechanism is simple enough that I have managed to to get the shutter and other bits and bobs working ok without doing any damage. Only down side for a working camera is that there is only one speed of around 1/30ish and three apertures of the Waterhouse variety - 8.8, 11 and 16. It also has a built in yellow filter which is both clean and fully functioning.
First film is about halfway through - 16 pictures on 120 film. The camera is so simple I am not expecting over much from it.
I have an almost identical Agfa Bily Clack which you can read about on my website www.peterwallage.com
Go to My cameras-> Agfa-> Billy Clack.
As you say, it's a simple camera. But IMO it's very well made. I ran one roll of FP4 through it when I first got it, about 20 years ago. The results were better than the average box camera of the time. It will be interesting to see how your pictures turn out.
Hi ! Although Agfa folders could be found by the dozen here, the Billy Clack has become a rare camera. The production startet in 1936 and they made this model for two film sizes: The Billy Clack Nr.51 took 4.5x6cm and the Nr.74 6x9cm film. I have both in my collection, but never used it. As I see you took nice pictures with it !
I have the 4.5 x 6cm model Billy-Clack. It has an unusual feature at the bottom of the lens board beside the filter pull down. In one position the shutter will work at instant or bulb. In the other position the shutter will be locked as mentioned by PeterW. or if the shutter is opened on the bulb setting the locking device can be used to lock it open for a time exposure.
Its Art Deco appearance makes me wonder if Walter Dorwin Teague had anything to do with its design.