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the Rexo – an old option to Kodak

Toronto. Before Kodak became the “Great Yellow Father“, it had serious competitors in the camera department. One such option was the Burke & James Rexo camera. Eastman was aggressive in eradicating competition, but B&J managed to stay afloat. I came … Continue reading

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Charlie and the Essanay movie studio in Chicago.

Toronto. The year was 1915. A young actor called Charlie Chaplin spend a few months in the windy city. While there, he recorded a silent movie at the famous Chicago studio named Essanay for its two founders. Thanks to the … Continue reading

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made in Chicago

Toronto. One of the most famous names in movies was Bell & Howell who made cameras and projectors ┬áin the windy city. The history of the company, once famous as the premier maker of movie cameras for Hollywood, is featured … Continue reading

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Spartus Press Camera – yeah, right!

Toronto. We saw many of these little plastic box cameras drift through our fairs over the years. Sold from Chicago by the Spartus Camera Corporation, this inexpensive model was more marketing puffery than technology. The flash was built-in as was … Continue reading

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