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    Bullet Camera

    • Designer: Walter Dorwin Teague, American, 1883-1960
    • Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
    • Medium: Bakelite, metal, glass
    • Place Manufactured: Bristol, Connecticut, United States
    • Dates: ca. 1937
    • Dimensions: 2 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. (7 x 12.4 x 4.8 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Marked on front of camera, raised letters on ring framing lens: "BULLET / CAMERA" On back of camera, raised letters below viewfinder: "MADE IN U.S.A. BY EASTMAN KODAK CO. ROCHESTER, N.Y."
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 1998.143.4
    • Credit Line: Gift of Eva, Alan, and Louis Brill
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Walter Dorwin Teague (American, 1883-1960). Bullet Camera, ca. 1937. Bakelite, metal, glass, 2 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. (7 x 12.4 x 4.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eva, Alan, and Louis Brill, 1998.143.4. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: front, 1998.143.4_front_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Hand-held "Bullet" camera with streamlined, black Bakelite body, chromed metal accents, and glass lens. Rectangular body has curved sides and back; raised parallel horizontal lines run across back and front. Centered on front, a protruding convex disk with raised ring in center framing lens; shutter release lever and another button (both chromed metal) on either side of lens. Each side has chromed metal bracketing, proper left bracket attached with screws. Centered on the back is a rose-colored, round, glass port to allow the film's frame numbers to be noted and to avoid double exposures; the port also indicates when the last frame has been exposed and the roll is ready to be extracted. In center on top, chromed metal mount for flash. On bottom, proper right side is a dial for advancing film. CONDITION: Good; light scratches all over body; chromed metal somewhat tarnished.
    • Record Completeness: Good (78%)
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    Recent Comments
    08:55 10/3/2009
    Description wrong! Case made from bakelite not metal. Not flash mount but fold up viewfinder on top of camera.
    By Toby Bott
    21:58 12/13/2011
    This camera is made almost entirely out of bakelite plastic. Metal and glass cannot be used as a primary description. What kind of curation is this?
    By Nicholas West

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