Corfield Periflex Camera

Contributed by Ballymoney Museum

Corfield Periflex Camera

This is a Periflex 3A camera. It was the first new camera to be produced at the Corfield factory in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. Corfield was the only company to ever manufacture cameras in Ireland.
In January 1959 the company moved from Wolverhampton to Ballymoney and had to recruit and train almost an entirely new workforce. The Periflex 3a is a testament to their skills and enthusiasm. Within months of arriving they had produced a quality 35mm camera that was praised by photographers and the trade press. The 'chequerboard' design of the control knobs and lens mount was quite radical at the time.
Former employees still have fond memories of their days at Corfield and many lifelong friendships were formed. There was always a positive attitude on the production line. When a set target was achieved, a big cheer would go up..and then they would go straight back to work!
The founder of the company, Sir Kenneth Corfield, is also remembered with affection by former employees. He in turn has said he found his North Antrim employees highly motivated, loyal, and extremely adaptable.

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  • 1. At 22:31 on 15 June 2011, WALT wrote:

    A testamony to the skills of the Ballymoney workforce. When did production cease?

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