Up until a recent suitcase incident, I had a cute little tripod I had inherited from my father. It was a Gnom Ising from Bergneustadt, probably from sometime in the fifties. It collapsed into just 26 cm including head, but came up to 130 cm height when fully extended (without an extender pole, even). It was made of brass, and was actually solid enough to hold a small SLR, despite having 6 or so segments. The main problem (apart from being 30 cm lower than I need) was that the legs had no intermediate position. Even before losing it, I was looking into getting a replacement, but nothing even remotely like it turned up. Has that kind of tripod totally died out? Why are there only itty-bitty useless things and large ones now when they could fold it down so nicely 50 years ago? I could really have done with one with slightly thicker legs and about 25% longer.
R.I.P., Gnom Ising, you will be missed.