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  If one has the room, an unfolded projection setup can be quite simple and comfortable.    I prefer more portable setups, such as the above.

--Gordon Rayner


Subject: History of the 'Selsi' name



Binoculars • Opera And Sports Glasses • Telescopes Microscopes • Magnifiers • Optical Specialities

  Selsi Company, Inc. traces its beginning back to 1854, when its predecessor Sussfeld Lorsch Company was created to import optical products from Europe. Before the turn of the 20th century, the business was renamed Sussfeld, Lorsch and Schimmel when a relative joined the growing company. The business flourished as it became a leader of imported optics such as binoculars and telescopes as well as watches and clocks.

  In 1929, the business was incorporated and became known as Selsi Company, Inc. The name was derived from combining the founding partners’ initials with two vowels. “Selsi” had been one of Sussfeld, Lorsch and Schimmel’s trade names, and had been used on its products for many years.

  Selsi Company, Inc. has a long history of adapting to changing technologies and international markets. After World War II, much of the optical market moved from Europe to the Far East, and Selsi was one of the first United States importers to open an office in Tokyo. Today, Selsi is proud to present a large collection of fine optical products including prism binoculars, sport and opera glasses, telescopes, monoculars, readers, and magnifiers. Selsi Company, Inc. also supplies a large number of low vision products to the industry.

Walter Silbernagel, President

P.O. Box 10 • 194 Greenwood Ave. • Midland Park, NJ • 07432

201•612•9200 / 800•275•7357 / FAX: 201•612•9548



Subject: Introduction

From: jdamodels@___m

  I have been collecting for about one year and have about 80 binoculars in my collection at this time. I have no allegiance to any one maker or type, but I do favor prismatic glasses by makers with reasonably high standards of quality. All my specimens are in reasonably good to excellent condition. I have no basket cases. Most of my collection is in optically usable condition and those that are not will be serviced as the several technicians who I deal with have time for the work. I am generally not in favor of cosmetic restoration, but I will have an occasional glass restored if it is in very poor condition or has been previously restored to a poor standard. I do use binoculars from my collection as frequently as I can for nature watching and the occasional ball game, but always with great care.

  My primary interest is WW2 binoculars. I have examples form Germany, Great Britain, France, Japan and the United States. I have no emphasis on any one country or branch of the services and I do not favor allied examples over axis examples. I do not object to glasses with 3rd Reich markings but I have not made them a focal point of my collection.

  I am also very interested in Military and civilian prismatic binoculars from the very late 19th century through about 1920. My emphasis here is on Goerz and Bausch & Lomb, though I have several Zeiss glasses from this period including an 1998-1899 Marine Revolver (a.k.a. Admiral Togo glass). I also have a small weakness for Zeiss Teleater 3x opera glasses.

  I have no binoculars from after 1945 at this time and doubt that I will pursue any in the near future. I generally shy away from large tripod-mounted binoculars due to space limitations. I do have a fairly nice cxn 10x80 Flakglas with the tripod and all the parts except the electrical cable. It

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