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Marbleized Bakelite Camera - Candid Cinex - Chicago USA 1940s

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This is a really beautiful marbleized Bakelite camera called "Candid Cinex". The Bakelite is red, green, brown with a bit of black. Even more amazing in person. It has a lovely lustrous sheen. The shutter seems to function okay, but I wouldn't call this a 'working' camera. These beauties should be retired and proudly displayed for their marvelous Art Deco styling. She's a beaut!


Cosmetics - Very good. Clean, no chips, cracks or damage. Some age spots on the metal bits.
Lens - Not very clean, but not scratched or broken either.
Shutter - Cocks and fires.

Inside it is marked Chicago, Il USA.

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.

Marbleized Bakelite Camera - Candid Cinex - Chicago USA 1940s


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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