Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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Magimatic!While I was at my parents' house briefly this weekend, I poked through the drawers in my old room looking for something. I didn't find it, but I did find a bunch of old photos... and this camera! I'm not 100% certain it was my first, but odds are good. It was in a desk drawer, and the flash cube (!) was in a dresser drawer. I combined them for this photo. Yes, the flash cube was barely a half step above the pan of flash powder held above the photographer's head! They had four flashes, the camera rotated the cube, and when you'd flashed all four, you threw the cube out.

I brought the camera back to Ithaca, and might try finding some film for the silly thing. There was apparently a company making 126 cartridge film as recently as 2007, so I may be able to find some. I'd be astonished if I could find flash cubes, too. I had a much better film camera before I left for college, a Yashica with an electronic flash. Not sure when I got that, or, for that matter, where it is. I have a simpler 35mm camera around here somewhere, and have been playing with a friend's Mamiya. I should really finish that roll and get it back to her!

There's really a goofy number of pictures of Magimatic cameras (and maybe some pictures taken with them) on Flickr!
Tags: cameras, photography

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