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Object ID 003429

Object Name Falcon camera

Object Desc Black, art deco style camera (A)in original box (B: lid, C: base) with instruction sheet (D) and guarentee tag (E)

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003065a-e

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Photography


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Camera exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Falcon,camera,Utility Manufactoring Co.,photography,

Title Falcon camera

Description Black art deco style camera (A), indicating junior model; packaged in origninal box: lid (B): has orange and black falcon graphics in art deco style, ends: Falcon Utility Manufactoring Co. New York Model 1, base (C): has no printing; instruction booklet (D): has illustrations, guarentee tag (E) has thread, service instructions and inpector mark


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.5

Length 5.5

Width 3.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Utility Manufacturing Co New York

Maker Details The Utility Mfg. Co. was founded in New York in 1934. They offered several camera lines including folding cameras and box cameras. Its main camera brand was Falcon, a name particularly associated with a line of "half frame" 3×4 cm cameras for 127 film—for example, the Falcon Miniature. These were molded bakelite cameras in an eye-level style quickly became popular. In 1941 it was bought by Spartus Corp., and moved to Chicago. In 1951 its head of sales, Harold Rubin, bought the company and named it Herold Mfg. Co.. It made cameras of its own brand Spartus and under the brand or for other companies The cameras had a distinctive styling. The related companies Utility, Spartus, and Herold created a great many inexpensive camera models, sold under a dizzying array of brands, from the 1930s into the 1960s.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3065



Date JUN 10,2015

Summary Very good

Assessor Megan Hindman

Notes Looking in good condition, but does not expand


Date JUN 11,2015

Summary Status change

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

Date JUN 11,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Camera exhibit from On-Site Storage - automatic entry by admin