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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!

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aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: November 2nd, 2009 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)

O Good Lord ... lol ...

... I remember those ! We're talking, what, circa early 70's ?

As I recall, the camera was never a huge long-term success, there was some issue with the flash cubes being somewhat expensive ( all things being relative ) and that the cubes were not at all relilable ... lots of 'dud' cubes. My parents grumbled about that, a LOT.

belmikey From: belmikey Date: November 2nd, 2009 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I never had that particular brand, but my parents and I all had instamatic cameras of various kinds, when I was growing up. I think I was in my early teens before my parents decided to go with something fancier with real lenses and stuff :-)

And yeah, I remember flash cubes. Scary monsters.
chesther From: chesther Date: November 2nd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got a 110 camera that used the 10-bulb flash bars. Still know where it is, too.
prof_organizer From: prof_organizer Date: November 2nd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
These look like the same flash cubes my mom used for her Brownie Instamatic. I think she finally ran out of film and flash cubes just before Y2K. But I did find this page for you:

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