Tower 48                                                                                                                          
Nicca Camera Company Ltd (Tokyo)

Country of origin:


Number made:

Serial no. range:

Shutter speeds:

Standard lens:


1957 - 1958

15000 - 20000*

50xxx up ? **

T,1,2,5,10,15,25 (slow speed dial) B,25,50,100,200,500,1000

Nikkor 2/50 and 1.2/50 ? ***

The Tower 48 is a Nicca 3-F (lever wind) and was produced exclusively for Sears Roebuck.

It does not appear in such books as Leica Copies, McKeowans Price Guide, Hove Blue Book etc, but seems to be identical to the Tower 35 model, with the exception of the film rewind knob. This is of a squatter design than that shown on the Tower 35 on page 281 of Leica Copies

It is described as a Tower 48 on Sears Roebuck literature (see below).

*   Total production including Nicca models.

**  The Tower 35 camera pictured in HPR's book has the serial number 50830. Tower 48 cameras exist with serial numbers such as 50052 and 50107.

***  I have seen Tower 48 cameras fitted with Nikkor 1.2/50, and 2.0/50 lenses.

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