Hamburg, Germany

The story of Rollei began in 1920 in a precision mechanics and optics workshop in Braunschweig (Brunswick). As early as 1916, Reinhold Heidecke, a native of the Vogtland region, had the explicit idea of marketing a new kind of roll film camera. After a long search for start-up capital, he ran across Paul Franke, who gave him financial support for his new camera.

In 1919, Reinhold Heidecke and Paul Franke decided to apply for a trade license for their company “Franke & Heidecke”. This...

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