Perfex Forty four Kadlubek Nr. CCA0030? 1939-40 several models listed that don't seem to exist independently of other listed bodies, not clear which is which, I suspect Kadlubek is lost here. Specs may be wrong too (p. 158) There are lots of reports on this camera. One of the best, of course, is our own Rick Oleson at http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-8.html . Other information can be found at http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Perfex. There is also a Camerquest article on it at http://www.cameraquest.com/perfex.htm . A Google™ will reveal many more examples of photographs taken with the camera, etc. The book Glass, Brass, & Chrome: the American 35mm miniature camera, by Kalton C. Lahue and Joseph A. Bailey also has discussion of this camera (pp. 239-40) link . Carl Price, Joseph Price and Benjamin Edelman set up the Candid Camera Corporation of America in May, 1938. Like Argus, they were said to have been in the radio/electronics business earlier. The first Perfex was the 1938 "Speed Candid." The Speed Candid was the first American-made 35mm focal plane shutter camera. The early model was a bakelite and metal contraption looking a little like a Argus A with a plate screwed on the front, but it was theoretically more sophisticated than Argus A. Among other features, the Speed Candid had interchangeable lenses with a 38mm (not 39mm like the Leica) screw mount. Despite its theoretical advances, the Speed Candid was not a great success. So the Candid Camera Corporation went back nearly to the beginning and came up with the Perfex Forty four camera. This camera came very close to being an American interpretation of the best features of the Contax cameras from Zeiss, with a touch of Leica thrown in. It's a fairly handsome and modern looking camera on the outside. Arguably more stylish than either the contemporary Leicas or Contaxes with its almost streamlined lines. It has an aluminum cast body with some sheet metal stampings. It set the style for most of the remaining Perfex models (such as the Thirty three and others, most of which were variations on the Forty four without slow speeds, etc.). As the picture of the inside shows, however, the aluminum cast body has a more crude look where it doesn't show. This is no Mercedes Benz of the camera world; no, it's closer to being a Chrysler Airflow.