Thursday, May 22, 2014



The newsmagazine [M]ittelhessen , published in Wetzlar, asked its readers to send in Leica related pictures to be published in commemoration of the grand opening of the new headquarters of Leica Camera AG in Leitz Park in Wetzlar.

<p>Nicht draus trinken, aber tolle Bilder machen konnte man mit der Leica M3. So wie dieses von Wolfgang Sperling aus Gilching, der die M3 ab 1957 als technisch-kaufmännischer Lehrling selbst vom ersten bis zum letzten Arbeitsgang montiert hat. Das Foto entstand 1959 im Wetzlarer Freibad Domblick.</p>
Wolfgang Sperling, the owner of this M3 was an apprentice at Leitz.
In 1957 he built this camera himself from the first to the last assembly step. 

“It was the pride of a Leitzianer (Leica employee) to own his own Leica” one former employee wrote.  Many of the readers followed the request and sent pictures which show many interesting and even amazing things.  They give an intimate account of the company and its working environment.

From 1948 to 1989 high quality custom optical glasses were developed for production at Leitz.
Here Rainer Dreuth (right) and Helmut Gaul can be seen casting an experimental fluorophosphate glass. 

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands visiting Leitz

Leiz at Photokina in the 60s

Two Experts talking shop

Photograph taken by Oskar Barnack with the Ur-Leica

For the complete number of photographs, go to:

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