Yashica Mystery – what is it and what does it mean?

Contributor and Yashica aficionado, Graham Buxton-Smither posted this picture in my Flickr Group, https://www.flickr.com/groups/2734130@N24/pool/ the other day asking if I’d ever seen this type of serial number on a Yashica TL Electro X (pro-black body) before. I haven’t so I thought it would be good to broadcast it in this blog in hopes of discovering something about it.

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Serial number with its odd two letter prefix ‘FI’. Photo courtesy of Graham Buxton-Smither https://www.flickr.com/photos/164456136@N06/

The serial number itself is unremarkable in the sense that it follows along with the standard for a Yashica SLR. It decodes to December 1969 as the manufacture date. The ‘FI’ has no previous use that I’m aware of so it was a surprise to see it. Graham states that it is on a one owner Yashica TL Electro X purchased in the UK when new. It appears to be a factory mark as the black paint looks undisturbed.

I’m stumped as there isn’t an example anywhere in my databases. I can’t even fathom a guess at this point.

Any help including guesses will be appreciated.

Thanks – Chris

 

4 thoughts on “Yashica Mystery – what is it and what does it mean?

  1. I have a TL electro X with the same FI prefix. The serial number is “FI 91036474”, so produced just 2 month before the one in the original post. It’s a black paint too, not marked as ITS, with the gothic Y on the front and time knob flat with white numbers for high speeds, yellow number for slow speeds and a red x on the 125 sinc for the flash. Unfortunatly is in good external shape but the shutter unit is so sticky to be 100% unreliable. I have an other “normal” ITS and i’m thinking to use it as a donor for the shutter unit, since i think it’s a shame for a unit so intriguing not to be in working order
    (Sorry for my bad english)

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  2. Thanks for sharing that as it’s important to know if something is a one off or part of a bigger trend. You didn’t say where your camera may have been originally purchased since Graham’s is from the UK. – Chris

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