Earliest Pentamatic US Sales Brochure

Very early if not the earliest US printed sales brochure for the new Pentamatic.

I’m thinking the summer of 1960…

I haven’t found an earlier brochure that features the Pentamatic then this one. “Printed in the U.S.A.” on back cover using the 234 Fifth Avenue, New York 1, N.Y. address. The cover is amazing in that other than Yashica’s name and a image of the camera there is no other writing. No “Pentamatic”. Just an image of the camera. That was a first for Yashica as best as I can tell. The first magazine advertisement was June 1960 in the US so I don’t believe this brochure was out before that. The only problem with my thinking is that most of the other cameras featured inside this brochure are 1959 model cameras and in some cases late 1958. Could even be a few that came out in early 1960. The two pages scanned here contain an interesting wealth of info on the features and accessories. Of note, the lens serial number (No. 59100036) puts that lens to be one of the first lenses Tomioka made for Yashica with the new bayonet mount (December 1959).

Page 1 provides a wealth of info for Yashica's first 35mm SLR.

Page 1 provides a wealth of info for Yashica’s first 35mm SLR.

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Page 2 shows (with prices) a nice selection of accessories for the Pentamatic.

Pentamatic Instruction Booklets

Yashica Pentamatic instruction booklets… 1960 and 1961

Not often seen as they were not kept by most owners over the years. I still haven’t found the Pentamatic II booklet and maybe never will.

A few images…

Pentamatic-S Instruction Booklet 1961.

Pentamatic-S Instruction Booklet 1961.

Back Cover for the Pentamatic-S.

Back Cover for the Pentamatic-S.

Original Pentamatic Instruction Booklet 1960. Yashica's first instruction booklet covering their first 35mm SLR. So far I've only located English language booklets.

Original Pentamatic Instruction Booklet 1960. Yashica’s first instruction booklet covering their first 35mm SLR. So far I’ve only located English language booklets.

Back cover for the Pentamatic Instruction Booklet.

Back cover for the Pentamatic Instruction Booklet.