The Unfinished Gandolfi Book

Frederick Gandolfi had reserved a project for his retirement, the production of a book which would be a summation of the career of the Gandolf family in their workshop, in the context of the British camera industry as a whole.
He was put in touch with a technical author, George A Jones, who had recently completed a biography of the Ilford company, for whom he had worked as a manager. This had been a successful project for Ilford’s 75’th anniversary, and Jones was looking for another book project of a photographic nature.
For reasons which will be discussed in later additions here, the work did not go to plan, and the project was terminated when George A Jones was accidentally killed while on holiday in 1983. Fred did not accept that the book idea was finished though, and seems to have wanted to complete it himself, as late as 1988 turning down offers from another author to collaborate on the project.
There are a number of semi-completed sections of the prospective book which are of interest – ‘Craftsmanship in Cameras’ is an introductory section which had been prepared by Jones from Fred’s notes, and signed off by Fred.

‘Craftsmanship in Cameras’ – an introduction by Fred Gandolfi

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‘History of Camera-making’ – a history of camera evolution in Britain. Fred broke down the rise and fall of the wooden camera into an 8 stage progression from the Gandolfi’s perspective.

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The chapter on ‘Timber’ by Fred Gandolfi.

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The chapter ‘Bellows’ by Fred Gandolfi

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