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Letter from Oskar Speck to AGFA

Date: 5 March 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0538[007]

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    Description
    Letter from Oskar Speck to AGFA typed in German and dated 5 March 1937. The letter is to ask AGFA for more film.
    Translation
    • I received your letter dated [no entry]. Although your assistance was far from meetingbelow my expectations, I would like to thank you for granting me wholesale prices. I have contacted Mr. Garn and have purchased a 16mm Agfa film camera. Unfortunately I was unable to buy enough film. I now only have 300m. I would really need at least a further 300m of film in order to make an eye-catching film. Also, due to the foreign exchange embargo I am unable to buy any film over here. I would, therefore, like to ask you to reconsider my offer regarding theto use of the film I’ve madede, covering the journey from Java to Australia, in any possible way as promotional material for Agfa. in any possible way. As my film is not being made for private use, I can imagine that it would be good advertising being made for Agfa toby adding a bit of film that promotes your brand each time the film is shown. I picture that, at the beginning of the film, a shorta text appearings at the beginning of the film stating that the film was produced under the most extreme tropical conditions using Agfa cameras and Agfa films. I would of course let Agfa makecreate that preceding bit. I am concurrently sending a letter to Pionier Faltbootwerft [manufacturer of the collapsible boat] so that they might contact Agfa to agree upon a possible co-operativeon effort. I have come to an agreement with Mr. Garn about to sending all of my exposed films directly to Batavia. There, they will be developed and stored. The 300m of film I currently possess will probably last until I reach Timor (Portuguese Dili). Actually, this is where the most interesting part of my journey will begin. As far as I know, the islands located between Timor and New Guinea, especially the small groups of islands, would be captured on film for the very first time. Being a purely sports-related event my journey has attracted the widest interest, especially in British colonies. It will therefore be an easy task for me to show my film in Australia. However, all will depend on my ability to provide a really interesting film, and to do sofor that I most importantlydefinitely need tohe workco-operation with Agfa. I hope you will warm to this ideaview and assist me in my undertaking. I would like to point out that I am not looking for a cheap way to obtain film material. The fact is that I am simply unnot able to pay for any more film.
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