The Rolleicord was the simpler, less expensive version of the Rolleiflex TLR by Franke & Heidecke. There were various models starting with the Rolleicord I in 1933 and ending with the Rolleicord Vb in 1976. The Rolleicord I was a simplified version of the Standard Rolleiflex K2: a film advance knob instead of the crank, a cheaper Zeiss Triotar f/4.5 F=75mm lens replaced the Zeiss Tessar of the Rolleiflex. The Compur shutter allows for speeds from 1 sec to 1/300 sec and T & B with apertures from 4.5 to 32. The negative size is 6 x 6 cm on 120 rollfilm.
The Rolleiflex I Model 1 was available with regular leather surfaces or equipped with diamond pattern metal covers. Those meatal covers gave the camera it’s name “Art Deco Rollei” or “Tapetenrollei” in German (“Tapete” means wall paper).