Camera industry in Dresden
Balda | Certo | Eho-Altissa | Ernemann | Feinmess | Hüttig | ICA | Ihagee | Kochmann | Kerman | KW | Eugen Loeber | Ludwig | Mentor | Mimosa | Pentacon | Richter | Werner | Wünsche | Zeiss Ikon | Zeh
Camera distributors in Dresden
Camera industry in Freital
Beier | Pouva | Thowe | Welta

In 1939 Karl Pouva (born 1903, died 1989) founded the Karl Pouva AG in Freital, near Dresden, Saxony. It started making slide projectors. The simple bakelite made projector Pouva Magica became popular, being made nearly unchanged from the 1950s to the 1980s. In 1951 Pouva introduced a simple bakelite roll film camera, the Pouva Start, a popular camera for beginners in the former East German socialist republic GDR. In 1972 the company became state owned, and was merged into the Woldemar Beier Werk. Then Karl Pouva's camera model Pouva SL100 of 1973 {also known as the Pouva Start SL 100) became a "Beirette SL 100" in 1973.