He took it off of a captured German SS officer along with binoculars, a riding crop, and a luger. He told me this Robot was referred to as a spy camera by the soldiers because you can wind it up and take a bunch of photos very quickly. I know that he tried it out and it worked because I remember that was at the time that he was telling me about the cameras background.I looked this camera up and found it is one of the first ones made in the 1930s. I believe it to be a Robot 1 but so far I have not seen one on line that has this rectangular viewfinder.
You can see in the photos it is unique. As far as I know, my father only used it that once to see if it worked and it did.
It has been packaged up in plastic for years and I inherited it after his death. The leather case is in just about the same condition as when I first saw it except when I opened it the little snap closure piece came off.It was stitched on and evidently the thread just deteriorated. Like most German products, the leather is an excellent grade and the strap could be sewed right back on in the same holes that are already there. There is one small matter. When I was seeing if the camera still worked as far as the springs and mechanisms I accidentally removed the little knob on top of the photo indicator dial. Marked in red on one of the photos.
It is not broken, just removed. The item "Robot I vintage camera circa 1936 with original leather case and zeiss lens" is in sale since Wednesday, December 19, 2018. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Movie Cameras". The seller is "georgiarocket" and is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Viet nam.