As interesting as the camera is, the original owner was more interesting. Fred Gerlach was born August 26, 1925 and died December 31, 2009. Fred Gerlach - Tribune Tributes.) As explained in his Obituary published January 7, 2010 in the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was a Detroit native, grew up in New York City and came to California in the late 1950s. He is most famous as a 12 string guitar player and maker. Fred Gerlach, Discography, Weenie ) Recordings are available at Smithsonian Folkways and
He knew the likes of Woodie Guthrie and was part of the New York folk scene in the early 1950s, and later part of the music scene in San Francisco and San Diego. (See, e.g., Fred Gerlach special - Blue Moment Arts, Obit: Fred Gerlach has Died, The Mudcat Cafe, R. Fred Gerlach was also amazingly talented in many other ways.
The owner's manual is available at Christian Rollinger's Canon Photo Page. The mirror also only returns once the film advance is turned.
My Canonflex RM was purchased in the San Ysidro area of San Diego on Decmember 27, 2007 for $40 from an ad on Craigslist. It is dusty, has a dent in the top of the pentaprism, and is missing the cover over the exposure meter window. Either the mirror is not instant return or it is broken.
This shows all of the serial numbers of Martin’s guitars since 1898!