UniveX Camera

by Marcus Jeffery

Lately, we have seen a tonne of thoughtful, creative, and sometimes downright funny ways to keep occupied while at home. Today, anyone with a mobile phone, tablet, or notebook computer can turn their kitchen table into a film studio. In the 1930s and 1940s, handheld 8mm movie cameras like this one from UniveX were the tool of choice. Starting at around $180 (in 2020 currency), these little wonders often came in complete home movie kits, giving users the chance to splice together their very own films. The only drawback: they only shot in black and white — though I’m sure the penguins at a certain aquarium wouldn’t mind.  

Did you know?

Kenora was once claimed by Ontario and by Manitoba. Both provinces claimed the area between 1878 and 1884. The case was resolved in 1884 by Queen Victoria’s Privy Council, the highest court in the world at the time.

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