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This item sold on July 16, 2012.

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This camera is a small Bakelite bodied TLR made by Pickwik in the USA. It has an awesome look to it and is a really simple camera. Perfect for camera collectors or Bakelite collectors - it's neat looking and pretty rare! Take her out for a spin. Uses 120 roll film and even has the original take-up spool. Or just tuck it on your shelf of old goodies.

Often called "junk cameras" or "toy cameras" this black Bakelite beauty has stood the test of time.

This twin lens reflex has one lens for focus and viewing and one lens to take the photo. Waist-level viewfinder with a pop-up aluminum cover. The glass mirror jiggles around if you shake the camera - so don't do that! It views fine, though. It's a delightful camera and I bet it would take some fun, wacky photos!

Condition:
Cosmetics - Very good. Pretty clean, no dents, very little wear. A few age spots.
Lens - Looks ok. Pretty clean, scratch free. Could use a little dusting.
Shutter - very responsive.

Specs:
Shutter speeds are simple - TIME or INST.
Lens 50mm Graf Lens

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.

PICKWIK TLR Camera - Bakelite Body - 1930s


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: camera, metal, glass, bakelite
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 8 reviews
  • Favorited by: 11 people