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A bit of history. A very tiny, palm-sized bit of history.

This camera is Depression-era, made in New York as a camera that everyone could afford, priced upon its release at 39 cents. 00 film to fit this camera sold for a dime. This tiny camera had a great effect upon the ability of the average American to afford a personal camera. The Universal Camera Company of New York claimed that in three years they sold three million Univex cameras.

Even the box for this camera seems tiny. The camera fits in the palm of your hand. It is approximately 3.5 inches tall, 1.5 inches wide, and 3" inches thick, sometimes described as "mini" or "subminiature."

#00 film is no longer produced, so I am selling this camera as is, for decorative purposes only.

Notes: The tiny shutter lever (located on the left side) seems to fire, but requires resetting after firing; sometimes it takes more than one try to reset. The shutter and other metal parts have some discoloration. The wire viewfinder still flips up as intended. The film advance knob turns fine. The camera contains one old metal film spool.
The box bears some foxing, rubbing, an old piece of tape, and the letters and numbers "BN 39" written on one side in pencil, but it is intact. The instructions are yellowed and have some separation at the creases but are also intact and completely legible. The overall condition of this camera is very good.

Date: 1933
Original Retail Price: $.39
Producer: Universal Camera Company in New York
Color: black plastic
Shutter: I
Film: Universal no. 00 (originally $.10 per roll)

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1930s Univex Model A Miniature or Subminiature 00 Film Camera with Original Box and Instructions


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: metal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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