Originally Posted by David Hughes
But the supply of new dried up (blindingly obvious) and second-hand prices rocketed. In the end the British Govt ordered (in 1942) that no one was to sell them at a price greater than the pre-war price.
In the early 1980s I worked in a London camera shop. The manager had been there since the war and told me that as soon as the government broadcast that they wanted quality cameras, a few were also set aside for 'special' customers to whom they were discretely sold. The manager himself ended up taking pictures 'behind enemy lines' but never really spoke much about this.