In your bag No: 1235, John L. Jaeggli
Today we don’t have a readers bag, but his grandfathers bag! Jacob shares with us the bag that his grandfather carried around Europe in the years after WWII. There is also a fascinating story of a camera taken during the war and returned. I just wish there were some images too…
This is not my bag, but the bag of my grandfather, John L. Jaeggli. Around 1952 he lived in Marlotte, France, and and was a consultant for Allied Forces Central Europe, where among other things he designed plans for darkrooms which were transportable by trailer. These are cameras which I believe he acquired during this time.
The bag itself appears to be a a reconstructed military satchel, and has pockets and a soft flannel pad sewn into the inside.
The contents of the bag are as follows:
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta with a Compur Rapid shutter and Tessar 105 mm f 3.5 lens
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex with Tessar 45 mm f 2.8 lens
Lenses for Zeiss Contaflex
Norwood Director Model C Light Meter
Weston Photoronic Exposure Meter Model 650
Kodak pneumatic self timer
Kodapod tripod mount
Of possible interest to JCH, my grandfather was on board the SS Malama when it was captured in 1942 by the Hokoku Maru. His camera was confiscated, but apparently followed him through Shanghai, China and Korea, and finally through to a mining camp in Hokkaido where it was discovered and returned when the camp was abandoned in 1945. I don’t know specifically which camera it was, but not one which is part of this bag.
Many thanks for sharing your grandfathers bag with us, John. This is absolutely fascinating to see what they were working with then. Are there any images available to see? I am sure the readers would love to see them.
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What a great share and possibly one of my favorite bag submissions! Thanks for the great story and imagery.
find some of his photographs and share them with us!
Almost like my father`s bag, exept the ikonta was a Super Ikonta-6X6 and it had an addition: Leica III. He didn`t need those exposure meters, though…