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    Speed Graphic case color

    I have a Speed Graphic camera case(or toolbox), which I would like to paint. But I need to find out the original color. Does anyone know where I can get a close match ? Its in great shape, but in need of painting. Looks to be a shade of green ? The camera is in excellant condition so I'd like to keep it stored in its original case. Thanks--Tom

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    Those cases were made out of some early fiber-plastic called 'Vulcanoid'. Perhaps someone here would know the process. Some of the ones I have owned are a dirty green-brown, others are blue-gray. But the color is integral and the cases are not painted, as far as I can tell. Since the early users didn't care about originality, and painted/labeled them as they wished, I'd feel free to paint it as you like.

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    thanks for the answer. I know the color isn't to important, but thought I'd try to keep it close. thanks again--tom

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    I have a black vulcanoid case for a 4x5 Speed. I believe this was the original color before they went to gray.

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    Do you know what year the color changed ? I beleive my cAmera is 1950-1951.

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    I use what we call Electrical Panelboard gray or SQ.D gray
    its not a bad mach to what my case color was

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    The 'dirty green-brown' color I referred to above was the color of the case that held my first LF camera, a c.1946 pre-Anniversary 3x4 Speed Graphic.

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    The 'dirty green-brown' color I referred to above was the color of the case that held my first LF camera, a c.1946 pre-Anniversary 3x4 Speed Graphic.
    Everything from that era is painted in army olive drab, it seems. We still see mailboxes in that color.

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    I have an old plywood version that was a light brown with darker molded brown synthetic leather corners and brass colored hardware. The inside is covered with purple felt (royalty?). It's a clamshell style case, 3 main compartments with 2 assessories compartments (each divided into 3 sections) in the top. I've taken it all apart and am refitting and gluing it all. When that is finished, I'll cover it with some bright colored fabric so I can see it if someone decides they want it more than me.

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    Re: Speed Graphic case color

    My speed graphic case is a light grey and the Burke and James case is also, and made of same material. Must have been pretty popular stuff during that time period.

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