On the back of the camera it says "Thowe" and the front of the camera says "F. Deckel-Munchen, Compur", and the lens says "Meyer Gorlitz Anastigmat Trioplan 1:4.5. Let me be the first to say that I'm completely and utterly ignorant when it comes to folding cameras, aside from the smaller, pocket types like the Retinas and Vitos. I have a number of folding cameras that look nice to display, but most seem to be in relatively poor shape, specifically with regard to leaky bellows. This one looks to be in poor cosmetic condition, although the shutter works pretty well aside from being slow on the lower speeds, and the bellows seems to actually be free of light leaks. It looks like it would've taken film plates, but again, I'm not sure. Has anyone used a camera like this that can tell me a little about it? Would it have been a nice camera in its day? When would 'its day' have been? I would love to know more about this camera and others comparable to it.