The Roto company was founded by Giovanni Ropolo in the mid 1930s in Torino Italy. The name was derived from the first two letters of his last name 'Ro' combined with 'To', the first two letters of the city of Torino, where the company was based. It sold a variety of cameras that were made locally by small businesses and marketed photographic goods. In 1970 Roto merged into CIDAF (the Italian Consortium Distributors News Photo-cine-radio ).
Here are the Roto 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|