I took a photo of the camera with my cell phone just to show you the Mondo-rigged, white wire lens cap holder. Armand grew into adulthood during the Depression and didn't spend a flippant dime on anything he could make himself.
It appears that he drilled the tiny holes himself because the cap to another lens has an aborted drill hole in what Armand must have decided was a bad spot. Losing a lens cap was not a good thing.
During college, Armand relied on the cash that his mother sent in her regular letters, his job at the library and any short term employment that came his way. This was money that he lived on and he kept solemn track of it:
January 17, 1933
Studied all spare moments. Worked in aft in forest. Got 10$ from treasurer and 94c of the 1.88 I should have received last week. Fixed it up about missing 94c with Mr. Flemy, who forgot to mark me present.
Every time I look at the camera, it's the hand-tied white wire that reminds me of Armand. Now that I've read numerous entries in his diary that bear his concerns about being able to afford food and warm clothing, that wire will always remain. If anyone asks, do I have an answer!