Ruberg and Renner Dixi c1932

Tomei Collection


 

The Ruberg & Renner Company was founded in 1918 in Hagen, Germany, by Felix Ruberg who later became a notorious local industrialist and staunch supporter of the N.S.D.A.P.  Before 1930, his company made bicycle parts and chain-drive mechanisms.  However, after 1930 they also made simple inexpensive cameras during a brief period before the War began to make greater demands on Germany's industrial production.  Later, about 1942, the factory ceased manufacturing cameras and began to produce materials for the war effort under contracts with the government.  Among these products were small canisters for machinegun bullets, about the size and shape of the metal cameras for which the factory was already tooled.

Up through the early years of WWII, the company produced 25 distinct models according to Wilhelm.  After WWII, the company did not resume camera production and returned instead to its earlier industrial products. Ruberg & Renner ceased operations in 1953.

 

 

This example is the somewhat rare Dixi model. It is unusual primarily because it is in nearly mint condition, found in its original box and packing.  The black and blue crackle finish is rarely found in this condition.

Though the cameras from Ruberg & Renner may be somewhat uncommon to rare, most that appear on auction are in rather poor condition.  Excellent examples in their original boxes have sold for $175-200 recently, confirming that they still hold some mystique among collectors.

For more information regarding this and other cameras produced by Ruberg & Renner, I would strongly recommend reading an excellent article written by Willi Wilhelm published by Photographica Cabinett (vol.44, pp.33-45, 2008).  It is a comprehensive and well researched piece that details the history of the company and the development of the many camera models.  Images of many models are presented by the author including those of several exceptionally rare examples.