Polish cameras of pre-WW II era

“There was a rapid development of the optical industry, after liberation of Poland from the thralldom of the occupant, and the seizure of power by the working class”

This phrase comes from the introduction to certain, otherwise interesting book. In fact, the situation was quite different. In various time periods - until the outbreak of the Second World War in Poland, there were dozens of operational factories that produced photographic equipment, definitely more than after World War II. The number of different models of cameras and photographic lenses far exceeds the number of cameras produced after the war. Unfortunately only few exhibits still remain, primarily (and almost exclusively) cameras and lenses that were mass produced.  

BOLEŚ - camera produced by "Kamera Polska " company in Chodzież BOLEŚ was the first camera model to be produced…
Cameras manufactured by Edmund Brodkowski, Lviv Press advertisement of January 1901 promoting Brodkowski's "Camera of own design and make". Edmund…
Camera produced by the Factory of Measuring Instruments in Lviv Another pre-war Polish camera whose origin is unknown. The camera…
 Camera for shooting panoramic pictures Approx. in 1930, Factory of Optical and Precise Instruments H. Kolberg i S-ka SA in…
"Camera used for registering deformations of railway rails" Around 1897, Piotr Lebiedziński at the initiative of Alexander Wasiutyński the engineer…
CHICAGO photographic camera equipped with magazine holding glass plates with leather bag manufactured in "Fabryka Papierów Fotograficznych" in Warsaw, owned…
Innovatory camera for taking pictures in color, designed by Engr. Karol Juliusz Drac. Camera design of Engr. Karol Drac was…
Camera used for creation of daguerreotypes We can find an article in daily newspaper Gazeta Lwowska from 1841, that "Dr.…
DIOPS - the first Polish stereoscopic camera. Camera DIOPS was manufactured in the factory of Piotr Lebiedziński in 1900.In 1901,…
DRUH „Noble camera”(press information) Manufacturer Paweł Sobkowski Zakłady Mechaniczne Kamera-Polska (KA-POL) in Chodzież Model DRUH Type Tailboard, bellows double extension…
 FILMA - cheap, mass-produced, box camera produced by Kamera Polska factory (KA-POL) Paweł Sobkowski in Chodzież Manufacturer Paweł Sobkowski Zakłady…
FOS Warszawa - PHOS Varsovie FOS - "First optical instruments factory in the country "FOS" under the company Aleksander Ginsberg…
Universal gun camera manufactured under french license. Gun cameras or photographic cameras were used for measuring accuracy of observer/ air…
Camera produced in Jan Kasprzycki’s workshop in Warsaw No: KJ / 10 Jan Kasprzycki – owner of RENOMA photographic studio,…
KORONA Box camera produced by Pawelscy Brothers (Bracia Pawelscy) in Warsaw Manufacturer Bracia Pawelscy Hardware Factory in Warsaw /Fabryka Wyrobów…
KORONA TANKETTE Camera made by Pawelscy Brothers (Bracia Pawelscy) in Warsaw Manufacturer Bracia Pawelscy Hardware Factory in Warsaw /Fabryka Wyrobów…
 "KR" - Hand Camera (Kamera Ręczna) In 1932, polish company from Warsaw - H.Kolberg i S-ka - in cooperation with…
 "KW" – Built-in Camera (Kamera Wbudowana) In 1932, polish company from Warsaw - H.Kolberg i S-ka - in cooperation with…
Model I Camera produced by Fabryka Papierów Fotograficznych Piotr Lebiedziński in Warsaw This camera was ilustrated on the cover of…
LENA "stylish camera" (press release) Manufacturer Paweł Sobkowski Zakłady Mechaniczne Kamera-Polska (KA-POL) in Chodzież Model LENA Type Tailboard camera Film…
Władysław Małachowski – also known as Leon Warnerke In 1875 Leon Warnerke constructed a camera equipped with a special film…
OSTROWID bellows, folding camera produced by Paweł SobkowskiKamera Polska (KA-POL) in Chodzież Manufacturer Paweł Sobkowski Zakłady Mechaniczne Kamera-Polska (KA-POL) in…
After introduction of hand-held Konrad Brandel's camera, Aleksander Karoli’s constructed his own design of reporter camera. At the time it…
Konrad Brandel's photorevolver - "brandlówka" (1883) Konrad Brandel was first among Poles, and one of the first in the world…
REFLEKS – first Polish SLR single lens camera Manufacturer FOS Warszawa - PHOS Varsovie Pierwsza w Kraju Fabryka Instrumentów Optycznych…
Kit for registering stages of movement In 1895, Piotr Lebiedziński constructed a unique camera, which could be used to take…
Camera SIDA – Polish ‘‘assembled camera?’’ Two companies admit to the fact, that they were once producers of this camera:…
SIDA camera made by watch factory Manufacturer Wytwórnia Zegarowa WUZET Żelazkiewicz K. i Nipanicz E. sp. z o.o. in Warsaw…
SIDAX – The Mystery Camera. The camera looks similar to the French PHOTAX. In spite of having a completely different…
STEROTRES - Triple-lens stereoscopic camera Manufacturer FOS Warszawa - PHOS Varsovie Pierwsza w Kraju Fabryka Instrumentów Optycznych FOS in 1912…
Jan Szczepanik - self-taught, genius Polish inventor in the field of color photography and film, precursor of television and modern…
TRAMP - the first Polish roll film camera? The camera looks similar to SIDAX camera model, but in contrast to…
 WIDOK - Camera made by Kamera Polska company of (KA-POL) Paweł Sobkowski in Chodzież Manufacturer Paweł Sobkowski Zakłady Mechaniczne Kamera-Polska…