Founded in the 1920s, the Wirgin Company began camera production in the early 1930s. Most prewar Wirgin models were run-of-the-mill folding
cameras, but they also made three collectible Edixa models, the 35mm Edinex, the 3x4cm Gewirette, and the 4.5x6cm Wirginex (Baky).
After the forced sale of his company in 1938, Mr. Wergin emigrated in the USA. He returned immediately after the war to reopen his largely
destroyed factory. Camera production resumed in I948 with prewar models. The gifted camera designer Heinz Waaske developed most of the Wergin
postwar cameras and played a large part in the success of the Wirgin company. New designs were introduced from c!953. The main product of
Wirgin was the Edixa Reflex 35mm SLR, which was made in many different variants. The name 'Edixa' wax invented in 1953 by Charles G Strasser
of North Staffs Photographic Services in Newcastle, Staffs, Great Britain. He was also managing director of the successor companies Photopia
Ltd, and Paul Plus Ltd., also of Newcastle, Staffs, which were the Wirgin importers in Great Britain. Strasser was not only the inventor of the
'Edixa' name, he was also the proprietor of the 'Edixa' trademark for Great Britain. This explains the Japanese Edixas distributed by Paul Plus
Ltd. in the 1970s in Great Britain. In 1961 Wirgin took over the ailing Franka Werk. In I968 Wirgin went bankrupt and a successor company
called Edixa (GmbH took over the business. Some late Edixa cameras are marked 'Edixa GmbH'. The new company closed down in 197!.
The name Edixa was later used as a house brand hv a German wholesale dealer.
Stock No 168
Wirgin ~ Prontor-SV
35mm Viewfinder camera from Germany, c1953-57? Isco-Gottingen Isconar 1:2.84/43 lens.
~ This camera has had a lot of work and looks like it.
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