Sorry to bore you with another 1940s collage, but it is a bit different today - it’s all about cameras!
The gentleman in the uniform of a US Army cameraman was doing what all GIs did when they came to England in those perilous years . . . taking a shot of a quaint old pub with his 16mm Mitchell newsreel camera to show the folks back home . . . and when I asked him if I could have a look at his Argus 35mm still camera he shot me with it and then let me hold it to explain why this camera, a favourite with American troops, was popularly called “The Brick”. It was very heavy by today’s standards but was at the cutting edge of technology at the time, with a coupled rangefinder, like the German Leica, the ancestor of all 35mm cameras, but this was home-grown.
His female compatriot was carrying a Zeiss Ikonta, a famous German roll-film camera of the period, which she allowed me to play with and reminisce.