Pro Camera E


This “single use” camera looks like cardboard but is actually hard Bakelite. I picked it up for four bucks at a camera show. The little window on the bottom reveals a piece of ribbon that says “pull to number 1″. This proves to be too much for my willpower and I’m going to pull it! I’m assuming from the width of the ribbon sticking out of the bottom, that the film is approx. 135mm. Camera width: 1 3/4″,   Height: 4 3/4”. The lens is behind the shutter. The rolled up piece of white paper in the upper compartment is the return mail label and paperwork. There’s a piece of Gaffer’s tape making a seal across the bottom. The photographer was supposed to take all of the shots on the roll, then send the camera to the address in St. Paul, Minn. The pictures would be returned to the sender with the camera loaded with a new roll of film.

Later…   Okay, so I pulled it and took some shots. The film is 135 mm without the sprocket holes. It takes 12 square images. The old black and white film was very muddy, with no markings. No numbers. No nothing.

McKeown in his book ” Price Guide To Antique and Classic Cameras”  says
that the camera takes 28mm X 31mm negatives on 35mm film. He does not give
a date for the camera but he does list a “book” price of $20 – $30 for it.

I re-loaded the camera with 35 mm color film. I predicted that the image would spill over onto the sprocket holes. A few light leaks, but other than that, everything went just fine. Glad I’ve finally got a “Pro” camera.

I received this information from Doug Wilcox, “McKeown in his book ‘ Price Guide To Antique and Classic Cameras’  says
that the camera takes 28mm X 31mm negatives on 35mm film. He does not give
a date for the camera but he does list a “book” price of $20 – $30 for it. ”

I can’t find it in my edition of the guide. But wait! There’s MORE! I found another one. It’s called a 35mm PRO. Except for the white face plate, it’s pretty much the same as the Pro Camera.

Off to a pro shoot with my Pro Camera E!

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