My camera is, as I have said, a 4×5 Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic, built around 1952. I bought it from Biggs Camera in Charlotte, NC, USA about 1999. The camera itself was in about exc+ cosmetic condition, however the lens/shutter were only about in very good condition and obviously had been stuck on in place of the original lens. The price was right for then, and not too bad for today.

I have just completed a CLA on the shutter (1/2004), and cleaned things up a bit. Unfortunately, the flash synchronizer in the shutter is out to lunch until I get around to winding a spring for it, or find a parts shutter, however it has an HR solenoid on it and I now have that adjusted to work with flashbulbs. The lens has light cleaning marks and is worn from the push on filter retaining ring. I refinished the lens board which was pretty grubby and now the lens/shutter is almost up to the looks of the rest of the camera. It looks quite good. Something to be proud of. Kind of a mint-minus user (the touching up would not be appreciated by a collector).

Flash equipment consists of a couple of Graflite units, one a 2 cell, and the other a 3 cell. There are both 5 inch and 7 inch reflectors, also a battery case adaptor to mount a strobe on one of the battery cases. I have two ugly Norman 200B’s left over from years ago when I used them for home portrait work. Also I was given a large stock of flash bulbs a couple of years ago and look forward to using them up.