One of the most frequently asked questions about the black IIIs camera is "when was it introduced?".  Thanks to Saitoh Masaharu who sent me a scan of this page from the Fall 1957 Minox Memo the answer is clear:

It is also interesting to note that the Black IIIs was introduced as an anodized finish which is contrary to many that believe that the camera first came out in a black painted finish.

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