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Vintage Novelty Camera PHOTOPAL Scott Atwater - 1930s - Pressed Tin Construction

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This is a vintage novelty camera called "PHOTOPAL". It is an all metal body construction. Stamped/embossed across the lens is the name Photopal and Scott-Atwater MPLS.

I really don't know much about this camera, despite all my research. I estimate it to be from the 1930's or so. Its pretty neat looking, but it can't be used as is. It is missing the film advance knob and I assume the red cover for the film display hole on the back. There is a bit of old tape on the back as well, but it could be scrubbed off.

It seems to be a very rare item - great for a collector! A perfect item to add to a display cabinet or camera collection.

Where did this camera come from? I purchased this one and many others at auction from a collection from a photography store. They seemed to have been cleaned professionally at one point, but they have been sitting around for some time. I only clean the outside, leatherette and big grungy bits very gently. I do not wipe lenses, I simply dust them a bit with a soft brush. I never use compressed air to clean my cameras as that may damage them and just blows the dust around. I do not test any camera with film, but I do test their mechanics. Any small or significant issues are always disclosed.

Vintage Novelty Camera PHOTOPAL Scott Atwater - 1930s - Pressed Tin Construction


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: metal, glass, camera
  • Ships worldwide from New Jersey, United States
  • Feedback: 7 reviews
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