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Voigtländer Mis-spellings

Could Voigtlander be the most mis-spelled word on ebay?

Vintage folding Kodack cameras as well as Eastman Kodax Brownis (made by Eastham Kodak, of course), whilst uncommon, are not unknown. And Zuiss Ikonia have had their moments. As well as Ziess Iconia. Such strange words from times past.

More recently there was a 'Vintage Browning Camera  (i.e. Kodak No.2 Brownie) which brought up as similar listings: 'Vintage Patent Browning Bolt Gun 1899' and 'poems by E.M. Browning 1844 Vintage'.

But it's Voigtlander which show the most inventiveness. Of course, it doesn't help that the name is written in a script such that many sellers can't interpret the curly 'V'. And the German script 'tl' in the middle is the major cause of confusion as, to the inexperienced eye, it looks like an 'h'.

Seriously though, its various interpretations beg serious questions about some people's reading ability. Are they simply deficient in the skill of copying? Or is this an outward manifestation of dyslexia proving that it's rather more prevalent than previously thought?

Most of the cameras have the name in script on the body. Some have it also embossed in the case. But all have the word printed clearly in white letters around the lens. Which suggests that the sellers simply don't look.

And, the most frequent mis-spelling is:  Voightlander

(....... perhaps due to association with actor Jon Voight? It is so common that ebay search recognises it and re-directs users to Voigtlander)

 

And so now, in the best possible taste, here are the others (27 so far! (as of 24th Nov 2014)):

 

Voightlander Voitlander Voiglander Voighander
Voightander Yuighander Vigtlander Yuighlander
Voigalander Joigtlander voiuglander Yoigflander
Yvighander Voigkander vuigtlander Voigtlanda

Yoigllander

Voghtlander

Violtlander

Foigtlander

Voighlander

Voichtländer

veigllander vauglander 

Voigtilander

voitlanger

   

 and my favourite:

Highlander

(this seller, unable to make sense of the word, simply substituted a word she knew)

 

But even a German can get it wrong:

Voichtländer VSL 3-E TOP!!! Neuwertiger Zustand! SLR

 

screenshot of ebay listing of Voichtländer misspelling

 

 

As for my list of 27, to prove I'm not making them up, below are some of the offending listings:

(My apologies that all are not represented here as, when I started the collection, I neglected to keep the listing details as provenance.  I guess I didn't realise where all this was going!)


Just when I thought there couldn't possibly be any more this has turned up:

Voigtlander Vito 1 (voitlanger)

24 November 2014:

vintage voitlanger skopar camera

(Vito I)





From the USA, this the 26th:

Voigtlander Bessa (Voigtilander) 

25 May 2013:

VINTAGE VOIGTILANDER BESSA FOLDING CAMERA

(from Sandusky, NY: a 1934 Bessa with Skopar lens)




This the landmark 25th entry from Israel:

vauglander (Rollfilm - possibly 5x8) 

27 October 2012:

vauglander

(Rollfilm - possibly 5x8 - listed from Haifa, Israel with starting bid of $65+$15 postage) 

 

 

YOIGALANDER1930 Bessa 

5th June 2012:

OLD YOIGALANDER

GERMAN ? CAMERA IN CASE

(1930 Bessa) 

 

 

veigllander bessa 

26th August 2011:

a veigllander bessa 630a folding camera 1937 vg/condign

Does this deserve a prize for being the most innovative yet? 

 

Voighlander Bessa 46 

14th December 2010:

VOIGHLANDER BESSA 46

Item number: 320628814675

"Slower shutter speeds a bit sticky. Could be the cold temp."
 

 

 

Foigtlander Perkio 

22nd November 2010:

c.1952 FOIGTLANDER PERKIO 1 VINTAGE CAMERA, VASKAR LENS

Item number: 170566602233

(That's two mistakes for the price of one (Perkeo),

although, to be fair, the 'F' would be German pronounciation.) 

 

 

27th July 2010:

FOLDING VIOLTLANDER PERKEO CAMERA IN CASE

Item number: 220640530937
This auction is for a FOLDING VIOLTLANDER PERKEO CAMERA IN CASE, VOIGTLANDER VASKAR 1:4.5/75 LENS.

(Yes, it really was spelled correctly the third time!)

 

 

Voghtlander Bessa 66 

11th July 2010:

Voghtlander Bessa 66

Item number: 250659725180

"tasty little camera  capable of being put to use"

 

 

Yoigllander 1937 Bessa f3.5 

29th June 2010:

Yoigllander Bessa camera

Item number: 230491231671

 

 

Voigtlanda transitional Bessa

22nd Aug 2009:

VINTAGE VOIGTLANDA BESSA FOLDING CAMERA

Item number: 160355467115

 

 

 

20th Apr 08:    vintage vuigtlander camera

Item Specifics - Vintage Cameras : Manufacturer: Vivitar !

(1937 model Bessa with f4.5 Voigtar lens and Compur shutter)

 



 

 

18 Mar 08:  ZEISS IKON Maximar 207/3 Voigkander

Item number: 320229431211

Everything tourns as it should including shutter

 
 

 

 

 

10 Jan 2008:  Vintage Yvighander bessamatic camera

Item number: 360011799343

You are bidding for a vintage yvighander bessamatic camera.

It is fitted with a voigtlander skoparex 1:3.4/35 lens.

(ed. note: puzzling how the third time the spelling is correct) 

 
 

 

 

3rd Jan 08:  Yoigflander

namely: Vintage Camera, Yoigflander Compur

Item number: 180201156470

 
   

(a rare 1931 Inos II – the unique knobs give it away )

 

 

 

3rd Jan '08:

Joigtlander

Quote from listing: "This camera is a Joiglander Compur brand (I am not sure I have spelt the first word correctly!)"

(editor's note: ...... it's an Avus!)

 


6th Dec '07 ...... and yet another

Voigalander    

vintage camera ibsor-drp serial no. 293505

(ed. note: s/n=1927 ...... and, yes, it's another Avus )

 

 

 

20th Dec 07:  voiuglander

description states:

“box camera only says Voiugland brillant on it”

 

 

            

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