Here are the Art Deco Meopta cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.
I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.
|Rating||Art Deco Credentials|
|Iconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated|
|Significant: Pronounced and self evident|
|Noteworthy: Worth giving special attention|
|Acceptable: Modest and restricted|
|Limited: Minor and insubstantial|
In the year 1933, the Optikotechna company was established in Prerov, a city in the Czech Republic.
Initially, Optikotechna produced lenses and condensers but quickly expanded its product line. It produced enlargers, composite lenses, single optics, binoculars, riflescopes and slide projectors. It went on to produce the well known Flexaret range of cameras.
By 1936, Optikotechna had, due to it's rapid expansion, established new facilities to accomodate the growing demand for its products. During the World War 2, Optikotechna was controlled by the German army. This change effectively stopped the production of all non-military products.
After the war, what was left of the company was renamed Meopta. New and exciting products were designed, including the Flexaret range of cameras, which quickly established an excellent reputation for the company in world markets.