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An awesome antique Art Deco with black diamond pattern pseudo twin-lens-reflex style camera by Metropolitan Industries of Chicago from the 1940s that takes 1/2 frame landscape rectangular photographs on 127 roll film which allows you to double the amount of images on a single roll of film, important during the thrifty war years. It is focus free and aperture free and has a f/5 fixed 7.5mm Maestar meniscus lens with an instant fixed shutter, so you can see it is a simple point-and-clix like so many of the "Chicago Cameras" of the time which later went on to become the "toy cameras" manufactured in Hong Kong.

The back piece is removable for loading by a large silver retaining knob and has two red windows for viewing the advancement of the roll of film... there is a plastic spindle for loading the film. The foldable silver viewfinder hood, or "hat", is made of polished metal that folds down when not in use. The viewfinder under the hat reflects the image from the lens on the top of the front of the camera, while the lens on the bottom records the actual image that goes onto the film.

The old-new-school trend of TTV (through-the-viewfinder) photography that became popular a few years ago is being done (when its not being faked with digital filters) with cameras exactly like this one, so if you're interested in TTV photography, this camera would be a perfect place to start exploring. Check out this website for an introduction to TTV:
http://www.russmorris.com/ttv/

The shutter on the camera fires fine; I have not run a roll of film through it though so cannot guarantee it all the way through. As you can see from the photos, the viewfinder is working wonderfully. (For TTV photography the camera itself does not need to be working, just the viewfinder.)

*There are 2 slivers of Bakelite missing from the back cover, about 3/4" long and really thin, on 2 of the corners, as well as a crack and a smaller piece about 1/4" on a 3rd corner missing, though the back cover still fits snug and tight. There is also a small silver "x" marked on the back about 1/4" in size. Because of this the price has been adjusted and technically the piece is being sold as a decorative item.

127 film can still be purchased and processed through online sources such as:
http://www.filmforclassics.com/

Vintage Clix-O-Flex 1940s Medium Format Bakelite Through the Viewfinder Camera.

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