PC connection correct name

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I am aware that the flash plug (PC) connection on my Leica IIIf is to synch the brightest part of my flash with full shutter opening and am comfortable with synch settings for bulb or electronic flash use. What I don't know is what does PC stand for? Plug Cord? Peak Connection? Plug Circular? Peak Contact? My best guess is that it may be an abreviation for a German phrase but I have never seen it written out.

Any insite would be most welcome.
 
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Two German shutter companies decided that a standard flash synch connection would be a great idea, instead of everybody making their own unique connector. They were Prontor and Compur, hence PC.
 
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The alternative was the American ASA Bayonet connection, used by Kodak and other US manufacturers (the US DID make good cameras--such as the Kodak Medalist II-- when flash sync became widely used in the late' 40s. The ASA Bayonet connection is much less fussy than the PC and the cord doesn't pull out, but Japanese makers used the German PC standard and the rest was history.
 
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