When your parents were refugees, you generally have few items from "the old country". My parents fled from Lithuania during WWII, and came to the US in 1948 (thank you, President Truman!). Aside from some paperwork, my father grabbed a butter knife and his camera when he fled.
The camera in question is the Zeca 6x9 folder, made by Paul Zeh Kamerawerk of Dresden, a second-tier manufacturer. It has an f 1:6.3 105mm Zecanar Anastigmat lens and a Pronto shutter (100, 50, 25, B, T). It uses the European style f stops: 6.3, 9, 12.5, 18, 25, 36, which makes my brain hurt almost as much as the forever-damned "EV" system from the '50s that they put in "to make things easier" (don't mind the mini rant). I'm just using "sunny 12.5" for exposure, just like Pop taught me when I was 6.
It's in fine working condition, and I plan to take it out again soon - I've had a hiatus from film photography for a couple of years. Some of you may remember me from Nelsonfoto.
My father gave it to me when I was about 6 years old, in 1962. Some quick instruction, (leave the F stop on 12.5, leave the focus on 5 meters, set the shutter to 100 if sunny, 50 if cloudy 25 in shade), a roll of Verichrome Pan, and I got great pictures at Scout camp. Fortunately, the shutter's self-cocking.
The red window does not have a cover for when you aren't advancing the film, so I'm putting some black tape over the red window, to peel up only when I'm advancing the film. The leather covering is kinda dry - can anyone suggest something to treat it?