Dating hasselblad bodies
The business was so successful that in 1908, the photographic operations were spun off into their own corporation, Fotografiska AB.Operations included a nationwide network of shops and photo labs.Management of the company eventually passed to Karl Erik Hasselblad, Arvid's son (grandson of founder F. Karl Erik wanted his son, Victor Hasselblad, to have a wide understanding of the camera business, and sent him to Dresden, Germany, then the world center of the optics industry, at age 18 (c. Victor spent the next several years studying and working in various photography related endeavors in Europe and the US, including Rochester, New York with George Eastman, before returning to work at the family business.Due to disputes within the family, particularly with his father, Victor left the business and in 1937 started his own photo store and lab in Gothenburg, Victor Foto.It, too, had a focal-plane shutter which led to its final replacement by the 500 C but nonetheless provided a big leg up in the medium format.It had a very fine 200mm f4 Sonnar sport lens that made it a great wildlife camera.While on honeymoon, Arvid Hasselblad met George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak.In 1888, Hasselblad became the sole Swedish distributor of Eastman's products.
In 1953, a much-improved camera, the 1000 F was released.
The Swedish government realised the strategic advantage of developing an aerial camera for their own use, and in the spring of 1940 approached Victor Hasselblad to help create one.
In April 1940, Victor Hasselblad established a camera workshop in Gothenburg called Ross AB in a shed at an automobile shop, working in the evenings in cooperation with a mechanic from the shop and his brother, began designing the HK7 camera.
The new design was complex, and many small improvements were needed to create a reliable product; the watchmaking background of many of the designers produced a design which was sophisticated, but more delicate than what was required for a camera.
Only around 50 units were produced in 1949, and perhaps 220 in 1950, of what collectors have now designated the Series One camera.
During the war, in addition to the military cameras, Hasselblad produced watch and clock parts, over 95,000 by the war's end.