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Vintage 1947 Bell And Howell 8mm Magazine/Movie Camera.
Comes with velvet-lined, locking leather case, key, and thick, illustrated manual, with detailed photos, diagrams and charts.

The camera has that cool retro look with lots of dials and gadgets. This camera and it's accessories are being sold "As Is, untested. It should work since It looks clean,was well-kept, and has no apparent damage.
Case has "Top Grain Cowhide", "Diamond" "Made in USA" printed in gilt, above the lock opening.
Whole package weighs 4.5 pounds.

A nice mid-mod movie-camera for the photographer/collector, and adds instant panache as an industrial/ midcentury/ display piece. I think the interior of the camera makes a good hiding place, (like a mini-safe) for small items also.

Case measures:
6" tall X 8.25" wide and is 4.25" deep.
Camera measures: 5.5" tall X 2" wide at front and is 4.5" deep.

Camera is in good vintage condition, considering it's age of around 64 years! The moleskin covering is curling at some edges, but this could easily be re-glued. The gadgets, dials and buttons are clean and free of marks, as are the lens and interior.

The case's leather strap has fallen apart from age, but the design of the case makes the strap easy to replace. The lid is coming apart at the creases at top of case. This could also be repaired. Otherwise, the leather on the case seems a bit brittle from age, but unmarred.
The manual has curling and shows some wear.

PICTURES OF U Magazine Camera/ Vintage 1947 Bell And Howell / 8mm/ Model 172 / with Locking Case, Key and Manual


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: metal, glass, vinyl, moleskin, rope, lenses, litho graphics on metal, lock, key, leather case, velvet, metal buckle
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 651 reviews
  • Favorited by: 15 people