Maxime Desmarais writes:

I found the ad below while scrolling ebay and thought you might be interested to have a look.  I did a bit of research and found out that this Loadomat 20 was made in USA and sold by Prime Photo Products, Inc. and also by Yankee.

First of all let’s look at the ad:

Print Loadomat

There is one of these for sale on the U.S. eBay site at present: Item number: 332310807840

The photographs there show the lid which states the patent number (the U.S. version of the original Rondinax patent) and also states the tank was made in the U.S.A.

Loadamat 20 Lid

Apart from the markings on the lid and of the positions of the light-tight container, the plastic parts appear identical to the Rondinax 60:

Loadamat 20 Knob

I then noticed that the film clip appeared identical to the one in that other clone, the Kent 20, purportedly manufactured in Britain:

Loadamat film clip

Maxime also drew my attention to the Yankee version spotted sold on a South African Auction site. The lid of that one looks as if a Yankee badge has added to the moulding tool so as to overlay the original moulding. Otherwise the tank looks identical to the Prime Photo Products version.

Loadamat Yankee version lid

Here is a photograph of the box:

Loadamat Yankee Box

So the fact that these tanks were labelled ’20’ and had the same style of film clip (inferior to the Afga versions), leads me to suggest that the Kent and Loadomat were clones made in the early 1950s and that in the U.S. they were marketed under the Yankee banner after  PPP. Were the Kent 20 and the Loadomat 20 really made in Britain and the U.S.A. respectively, as claimed? Or were original Agfa moulding tools altered and used in the two countries? And were the belts and clips of the clones made by one manufacturer? How many were made and sold, given their comparative rarity on the market?

Whatever the answers, we are most grateful to Maxime for finding them.

 

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