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 Lake of the Woods is a remnant of glacial Lake Agassiz and contains 14 542 islands. The underlying Precambrian bedrock is one of the oldest geological formations on earth.

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