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?

The Tugboat Mather was the last steam boat on the Lake of the Woods, retiring in 1960.