Beautiful Teco 5 Box Camera

Teco 5 Box Camera sold by the T. Eaton Co. Image courtesy of Noel Machado

Toronto. On Wednesday I had an email from Noel Machado with a question about this gorgeous box camera branded as a Teco Model 5. To my knowledge, most cameras of that era made with a varnished wood exterior and brass fittings were called tropicals.

The T. Eaton Co. of Toronto was one of the county’s largest, if not the largest chain of retail stores. Even their catalogues were massive undertakings. Most Canadians had at least one catalogue in the house or nearby.

Many private branded goods such as the Teco line, were made by other companies for Eaton’s. If you can shed any light on this model in varnished wood, please drop me a note at

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