Franka 1909 - 1962

Bayreuth, Oberfranken, Bavaria, Germany

Bavarian camera manufacturer founded by Franz Vyskocil and his wife Leoni Vyskocil. In the same year they renamed to Vysko-Fabrik Franz Vyskocil, St. Georgen und Bayreuth. In 1910 their sponsor Weigand from Berneck entered the company, then named Weigand & Vyskocil. In 1912 the company was refounded as Frankonia-Kame. In 1914 it was renamed Hogaschwerk but later that year it was given its final name Franka-Kamerawerk. Taken over by Wirgin in 1961 and brand continued until 1966; (Edixa/Wirgin factory closed 1971)