“A” is for, well, A

“A” is for A: The Univex Model A camera.

The Universal Camera Corporation lasted from 1933 to 1952. The Model A was one of its first cameras, designed to take photos on special No. 00 roll film.

This camera was sold in 1933 for $0.39. It had a very simple lens and the shutter is actuated by a small lever on the side of the camera to the right of the lens.

Here's the Univex Model A camera. There were quite a number of different versions of this simple-yet-elegant camera.
Here’s the Univex Model A. There were quite a number of different versions of this simple-yet-elegant camera.
The back of the Univex Model A.
The back of the Univex Model A.

The cameras of the Universal Camera Corporation are among my very favorite. Expect to see a few of them this month!

 

Some other “A” cameras:

The Minolta A

The Minolta A, a lovely rangefinder camera from
The Minolta A, a lovely rangefinder camera manufactured from 1955 to 1957.
The lens is nice and clear. One day I should put a roll of film through this.
The lens is nice and clear. One day I should put a roll of film through this.

 

The Argus A3

The Argus A3. Another rangefinder camera from
The Argus A3. Another rangefinder camera manufactured from 1940 – 1942.
What's cool here is that the shutter release is on the side of the lens.
What’s cool here is that the shutter release is on the side of the lens.

 

The Acro-Flash by Herold

The Herold Acro-Flash was one of many, many cheap plastic cameras for 127 film.
The Herold Acro-Flash was one of many, many cheap plastic cameras for 127 film. Such cameras were common in the 1950’s.
One had to read the frame numbers on the film itself to advance the film properly. The numbers could be read through the red windows.
One had to read the frame numbers on the film itself to advance the film properly. The numbers could be read through the red windows.
This particular camera still had a roll of 127 film in it when we bought it!
This particular camera still had a roll of 127 film in it when we bought it!

 

Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1

The other cameras featured in this A to Z Challenge are linked on this page.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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