|January 8, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Cool Gear Auctions|
No reserve — one dollar. ONE DOLLAR! Someone buy this thing and send it to me! Do it! Do it now! …do it… doucement. Do it… very slowly. (Extra points awarded to anyone picking up on the obscure movie reference.)
This old gear-pack just drips of cool, wouldn’t you say? The centerpiece of this photographic suit-case of suave is an old Fed Flash camera. Apparently, they were made between 1947 and 1956 in Brooklyn, NY by The Federal Manufacturing & Engineering Co. They used 127mm roll film, sported all plastic el-cheapo™ construction, and are righteously consistent in turning in a pretty decent job of oozing a jumbo-sized sack of ooey-gooey-ultra-craptastic goodness! If you’re interested, Historiccamera.com has a little more information on these bruisers on their web-page located here.
But, take another gander at that whole package, baby! Doesn’t just looking at that thing put you right into the land of… well… whatever land these insanely awesome photos were taken in? Yes, no? …well… perhaps try closing your eyes, turning out the lights, and spinning up one of those Burroughs Dream-Machine doo-hickeys, or something. (For the record, I’ve actually experienced a couple of sessions in front of one of those things… whoah, man… cool, eh? Yeah, I know.)
Getting back to the case full of olden-tabulous, crappola-laden wonderstuff that’s currently available for one dollar over on the mighty eBay (yeah, yeah, I know about the shipping — don’t go busting my chops about the shipping!) Do you think that thing smells as good as it looks? Is “dank” your thing? Or, does the fragrance of dust and mildew bring you to places best left unvisited? I’ll tell you what, friends, I grew up on a farm — in an old tin-roofed, brick house that was built prior to World War I! The smell of dusty ancient rot never fails to instantly transport me straight back to my childhood! Come to think of it… my very first camera was one very much like this one, that I picked up back in about 1978 for, I think it was around $2.00, at a place called “The Stittsville Fleamarket” It also took 127 roll film, and one-shot-and-its-over flash bulbs. I wish I still had that camera. I don’t know what ever happened to it. I don’t remember what make or model it was — I just remember it was grey, made entirely from very light-weight plastic, even in the late seventies it wasn’t always the easiest thing in the world finding film for it, and I just LOVED taking pictures with it!
Anyway, this killer Fed-Flash auction is going on right now, right here. It ends on January 14, 2013.
By the way… try saying “Fed Flash film” five times fast! For that matter, try saying “Fed Flash film, five time fast” five times fast!
UPDATE (Jan. 21st, 2013): Not that anyone is interested at all, but I spent some time digging around the Internet last night and I was actually able to find that old camera that I bought at the flea-market. Turns out it was an Imperial Delta. That was the first camera I ever owned. Man, I had some fun with that thing. I’m not sure why this old Fed Flash reminded me so much of it. They’re really not all that similar. But, as soon as I saw the image of the Imperial Delta, I was sure that was the one. Mine looked EXACTLY like that one on that Camerapedia page.