I found this 6x9 folder some months ago. It is marked with " Audax " above the lens and at the back. There is also a sign with "P&B" below the lens. I have no manufacturer on my mind that would match these letters. The lens is a "Ianastare f 1:8 - 10.5cm ". I have never heard of, or seen an " Audax " camera before and did not find much on the web.
Did anyone have an idea regarding the manufacturer, or the construction year ?
I am pretty sure it was a French manufacturer just after WW2, P&B, who made these folders. I have seen one or two over the years and was told they were made in Paris. The way they wrote the aperture is wide of the mark, they mean F8 not F1.8 (written as F1:8). Stephen.
I searched online for "P&B", or "Audax" and found some more questions, but no answers. Even collectors in France which I know, have not heard of P&B before. The shutter speed markings "T" for Time and "B" for Bulb are suggesting an English manufacturer, but the focal lenght is marked in cm. The camera looks like it had been built in the late 1940`s or the early 1950`s. I think this one will become another ( french ? ) UFO ( Unbekanntes Foto Objekt / Unknown Photo Object ) in my collection... PS.: The aperture means 1:8 / 1 to 8 ( a common spelling on German cameras ).
Says: The Book ''Made in Italy''( Which doesn't show the camera), it is a variant( slightly different model) of the 44Audax'', manufactured by the P&B Turin firm. It seems that this firm only made a few models of 6x 9 folders in the forties....