This was my Dad’s, who used it in the 60s while in Peru working for the Peace Corps . A camera like this was also used as a prop in Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets. This thing is heavy and built like a tank.
The Argus C3 was made from 1939 to 1966 by Argus Cameras, Inc. of Ann Arbor, MI. “The camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world for nearly three decades, and helped popularize the 35mm format. Due to its shape, size, and weight, it is commonly referred to as “The Brick” by photographers (in Japan its nickname translates as “The Lunchbox”). The most famous 20th century photographer who used it was Tony Vaccaro, who employed this model during World War II (see under Famous Patrons in this article).” – wikipedia