I got this camera from my grand-mother who was French. I have been trying to identify it, although there seems to be a large amount of cameras from the same era that Kodak manufactured and that all look extremely similar. On the inside of the lid, it reads "Kodak Six-20", so I know that's its name, but a Google search with this brand and model gives all sorts of different results ("same with Kodak Six-20 6.3 lens").

Maybe it's also known under another name? Or has another model name it's more known as?

The specificities of this one are the metal flat sides, diamond shaped screws, round, art deco front lens piece, red dot on what I believe is the timer, speed ring that reads "Pronto D.R.P. D.G.R.M." (would love to know what it means), and the very specific hand-shaped metal pieces on the side that hold the lens out.

I have found information about the Kodak Six-20 cameras, but what I'm trying to know is which one this one is (or what it's called), around what time this precise model was built, where it was sold, and if there are any particular articles about this precise model online.

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Six-20, also known as 620, is the film size that fits your camera. The film itself was the same as the more standard 120 film. The only difference is the size of the spool upon which it is wound. A 120 spool will not fit in most 620 cameras. Unfortunately, no one currently produces 620 film. If you have two 620 sized spools you can wind 120 film onto 620 spools (in a totally dark environment) and use it in a 620 camera.

The style of lens rails used for your camera appeared in the mid-1930s. The Pronto shutter indicates it was probably from the German production facility in Stuttgart as those made in the U.S. during that time period normally used a Kodak (Kodom or Diodak) shutter. When a premium European shutter was offered on U.S. made models with higher grade lenses it tended to be a Compur, rather than a Pronto.

In 1931-32 Kodak bought Nagel-Werke in Stuttgart and renamed it Kodak AG. Dr. August Nagel, one of the co-founders of Zeiss who left to form his own company in 1928, continued on as the managing director and design head. During this time he created a film cassette that would fit the successful Leica and Contex rangefinder cameras of the day. In the U.S. Kodak marketed this new packaging as the 135 format which became the small format world standard for the next 70+ years.

DRP = Deutsches Reichs Patent (German Reich Patent)
DRGM = Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster (German Reich Registered Design)

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 for the acronyms translations. At this point it is quite sure that the camera was German made \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 8:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ At least the shutter was. And we know that French Kodaks (Pathe) made during that time used French made shutters, and most American Kodaks used Kodak or Compur shutters. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 8:42

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