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Object ID 002782

Object Name Acro Model V Camera

Object Desc Acro Model V camera with black leather covering.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002545

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Photography


Source Category Donation

Accession Date JUN 30,2014

Credit/Acknowledgement Tim Kroening

Location Hallway Shelf 4

Object Date 1940s

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Acro,photography,camera,

Title Acro Model V Camera

Description Bakelite Acro Model V camera with black leather case. Camera has a silver colored protuding lens, two round knobs on either side of top, and a viewfinder on center top. Leather case is likely removable but unable to do so without damage. Leather is laces at edges.


Approx Collection Date

Height 4.5

Length 0

Width 5

Depth 3

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Acro Scientific Products

Maker Details Acro Scientific Products Company was a camera maker in Chicago in about 1940. The firm is one of those in the Chicago cluster of companies making near-identical, cheap bakelite cameras ('minicams'). It is suspected that some of these companies never existed as more than alternative names for marketing. However, while the simple Acro is very like the cameras made under other company names, the Model V (viewfinder) and R (rangefinder) are distinct. Though based on a similar plastic body, with a flat back, they have a much better lens and shutter unit.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2545



Date NOV 6,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Black leather case is likely removable but cannot be easily removed without damage. Viewfinder appears to be loose. Leather is worn in areas and silver metal on camera is corroded.


Date NOV 6,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date NOV 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 4 from Hallway Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin