What is it?

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    The idea here is for people to identify an object or objects based on photos and clues supplied by the challenger.

    1):The photos can be of almost anything,but should be taken by the person posting the challenge,if possible.

    2):No photos found on the Internet or elsewhere are allowed unless proper credit is given.

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    5):The photographs do not have to be of an entire object.You can supply a photo of part of an object if you like.

    6);Photos should be sharply focused.

    6a):Challengers posting blurred photos will be given one hour to post sharply focused photos or the challenge will be declared void and opened to the first person to post a new challenge.

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    11):If you have posted a challenge and are unable to continue monitoring your challenge,you may PM the answer to one of these members who will monitor it on your behalf. AdmiralAdama,scifan57,fleur07.Make sure to check if they're online first,and wait for their answer.

    11a):You can also Post the answer and open the challenge if you can't find a member to monitor the challenge for you.

    Here is one to start it off.

    What is this?Who designed it?Who was it made by?When was it introduced?

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    Not ignoring this, just still working on it; though a clue might be useful. I'm thinking 35mm military model of a Kodak camera, but that's not finding it for me.
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    The lens was made by Kodak.The camera was made by a company better known for it's press cameras.
    It's not 35mm


    image-850339392.jpgHere's another camera body of the same type with a 35mm film cassette for size comparison.
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    This is a U.S. military rangefinder camera with 70mm film; the Combat Graphic 70mm; or KE-4 or KE-6 camera system (military designation). Designed by Hubert Nerwin. It was produced in the mid to late 1950's by Graphic Graflex Photography.

    Also nick named 'Gulliver's Contax' or "Texas Leica' due to its large size.

    Got the name before the extra clue,, but it took far longer to find a source for the rest of the info.

    Here is the site I got most of the info from, if anyone wants to read more. It's an interesting sort of camera.

    https://sites.google.com/site/playi...s/essays/hobbies-recreations/photography/foto
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    I assumed military, but didn't get any further.

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    Correct,twerppoet.Your turn to show us a photo of something to identify.
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    Gilliver's contax would be more accurate,considering that Hubert Nerwin was a designer who worked for Zeiss Ikon on the Contax camera before and during WWII.

    Here's a shot of the whole outfit in the original Halliburton case.

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    Ok. What is this, and it's name (proper).

    BothBreakers.jpg.

    A bit of a hint is probably necessary. It floats.
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    It's the USCGC Polar Star,a United States Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker.It's one of the world's most powerful non-nuclear ships.The hint wasn't necessary.
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    That was fast!

    All yours, Scifan.
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    Ah, but he joined Kodak in 1949, before the camera was produced. I'm still trying to figure out how the designer joined Kodak, but Graflex produced it. It did have a Kodak lens though. The camera seems to have a complex history.
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    I believe that Kodak owned Graflex from 1905 to 1921,when they were forced to sell it because of the Sherman Anti-trust act.They did,however,maintain a close relationship,with Kodak supplying many of the lenses for Graphic and Graflex cameras.
    An interesting side note is that the lenses in this camera outfit have some elements that contain Thorium,which makes them slightly radioactive.
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    Here's another challenge.
    What are we looking at?Who made it?What was it used for?

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    Looks like a periscope from a submarine.

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    No,it's not a periscope.It was used by the Luftwaffe during WWII.
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    Carl Zeiss Jena 12x60 binoculars, used on top of a German 4m stereoscopic rangefinder.

    I never did find a nice site with comprehensive info, just bits and pieces from people who have them for sale.
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    Correct,twerppoet.
    Was it the data plate on the binoculars which gave you the clue needed for solving the challenge?

    image-1466351091.jpgHere's a photo of the entire instrument.

    Your challenge awaits.
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    Partly. I couldn't read anything but the blc clearly. Binocular and blc turned up Carl Zeiss eventually and things started to come together then.
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    Ok, what does this do? That's all I'm going to ask because I have no idea what the model number, year, or anything else is; except horse power was obviously still common.

    IMG_5856.jpg

    That's the problem with my pictures. I've got some interesting ones, but I never tried to write down the important info to go with them.
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    It's a horse powered corn grinder.One horse power,of course.:)
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