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The Company[edit | edit source]
The Établissements Mackenstein were founded in 1872 by Hermann-Josef Mackenstein (* 1848 in Doveren; † 1924). The factory was located 15, Carmes street in Paris (France).
At the beginning, it was just producing small parts of mechanical for photographic cameras. In 1888, the H.Mackenstein’s factory assembles the very first film camera equiped with a single-lens, fully operational, able to film up to 20 images per seconde. This film camera results from the works of Augustin Leprince, brilliant inventor to whom the history will refuse the paternity of the invention of the cinematograph.
H.Mackenstein seems to have produced its own range of photographic cameras (chambers, foldings, Jumelle, etc...) until 1914.
The company made detective cameras, Photo-Jumelles, Reisekameras, magazine cameras, studio cameras, stereo cameras, panorama cameras, box cameras, pinhole cameras, press cameras, book cameras and others.