As much as there is to say about a black paint Leica M2, what we would really like to do is listen - to hear its stories.⠀⠀We found our curiosity piqued because there is a name engraved on the back of this camera, presumably by the Leica factory itself. That means, according to the serial number, this camera was produced sometime in 1958 or 1959 and customized with the original buyer's name. ⠀So we went off on a quick search and found a fellow born in Ohio in 1914, who likely bought this camera when he was in his mid forties. He later moved to North Carolina and appears to have taught forensic photography at a community college there before passing away at the age of 90 in 2004. ⠀But there is still so much more we do not know - either about him or this camera. It is easy to get caught up in the value of the piece, the quality of the history of the Leica name, the camera lust that is engendered. ⠀But this belonged to someone. A person's hands rubbed off that paint while making countless images over countless days and weeks and months. Untold breaths fogging rangefinder windows and innumerable frames of film exposed. ⠀We found ourselves drawn into such musings holding this camera in our hands.