at the push of a button …

1942 article on an electric
push button camera

Toronto. An article in the April, 1942 issue of Popular Mechanics touts that, “Pictures can be taken at the rate of one each second with an electric studio-type camera”.  A casual read suggests that the camera predates Edward Land by a few years, but not so.

Photographs are caught as usual on a wide roll of ordinary film requiring the usual negative processing then printing each frame to get the positive print.

Oh, well. Thanks to that inveterate photography historian, George Dunbar, for finding and sharing this tasty tale of an electric ‘push button’ camera. Great for taking pass photographs to protect factory operations during the war (ww2).

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