Camera Corp. of America started production in 1938 with the low priced
Speed Candid, the first American camera with a focal plane
shutter. The bakelite and metal Speed Candid also sported a
non-coupled rangefinder, interchangeable lens capability, synched hot
shoe and a built-in light meter. In 1939 a new camera was
introduced, an all metal Perfex 44. This camera had all the same
features plus a coupled rangefinder and a faster shutter, an amazing
1/1250th of a second. 1940 saw a cheaper model, the 33 introduced and
then rapidly their top-of-the-line 55 as well as the 22. All their
cameras suffered from poor workmanship as well as design flaws and by
1947 the company saw a drastic decline in sales. Even cheaper cameras
were introduced to improve sales but by 1949 the now named Camera Corp.
of America was history. Close, but no cigar.