Have you ever seen a Portrama?

A Portrama Polaroid camera sold in Germany.

Toronto.  Have you ever heard about or seen a strange  Polaroid camera called the Portrama? I had a call the other day from John Linsky, one PHSC’s founders. John found this odd looking camera at our trunk sale last Sunday.

After a lot of unproductive Google searches, John found the site CATAWIKI which lists items for auction. The site listed the owner as AARTS POLAROID which is the user name chosen by Aart Schippers of Driethe Netherlands.

You can see more photos of this camera here. It is also called a Happy Card camera. If you insert four 35mm slides in the camera using its special tray. Perhaps they appear on your portrait.

One site said it uses Polaroid Spectra 339 film (ISO 600, 3-5/8 inches by 2-7/8 inches).  Another site claims it uses 1200 film – same speed and measurements as 339 film. Neither film (339 or 1200) is available today…

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