This is another camera that just “turned up” in my unofficial collection. For those of you who haven’t been following this blog closely (and why haven’t you?), I don’t collect cameras, they just sort of appear.
The Ilford Sportsman was made by the German company Dacora for the British photographic film and paper manufacturer, Ilford. The first model (the Mark 1) was introduced in 1957. It was designed to compete with the Kodak Retinette range of cameras. The last of the line, the Mark 5, was introduced in 1967.
My camera seems to be the Mark 2 model from 1959.