Tag Archives: Spring 1993

Siegfried’s Journey (History)

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Nicholas Grossman

See Page 6 – 7.

This is the story of Siegfried Kessler who returned to Jena from a POW camp in 1948 to work in  VEB Carl Zeiss Jena until his manager was arrested and killed in an East German prison in 1953. He then fled to Oberkochen and progressed to the point that he was sent to take over the management of the newly reacquired US subsidiary, Carl ZEiss, Inc. and would serve as President of that firm for more than 20 years.

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Punktal Lenses (Eyeglasses)

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Dr. Wolfgang Pfeiffer

See Page 10.

Dr. Pfeiffer was the manager of the Carl Zeiss Oberkochen communications function and also lead the new Zeiss museum in Oberkochen. He reminds us that Zeiss was a prime mover in many optical fields including the world of spectacles and their lenses.

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Revisiting Hensoldt (Binoculars)

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Nicholas Grossman

See Page 11 -13

A summary of a visit to the Hensoldt factory in Wetzlar in 1992 and discusses the history of Hensoldt and Zeiss and how the Wetzlar location took over the manufacturing of all Zeiss designed binoculars in 1964. There is also a discussion of the relatively new 20 x 60 S product which had the first mechanical stabilizer in a modern binocular.

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Diesel Engines from Zeiss Jena

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Joachim  Arnz

See Page 4 – 5.

The author, who is a lifetime resident of Jena, contributes an article about a little known VEB Carl Zeiss Jena product. The product is a series of diesel engines for model airplanes. This was from a time in the early 1950’s when the firm explored many different consumer markets for products that would bring in much needed currency to this Zeiss firm in East Germany. The article also includes some very rare illustrations of the product.

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Identifying the Contax I

Published in Spring 1993  Zeiss Historica Journal

Author: Hans-Juergen Kuc

See Page 8 – 9.

Upon the publishing of his book (Auf den Spuren der Contax) in German, Mr. Kuc shared the table that he created to help identify the variants of the Contax I. The book would not be translated into English for many years but he did provide a full English explanation to Zeiss Historica.

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