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c1964. 127 film, 4x4cm exposures, plastic camera.

Imperial Camera: Mercury Satellite 127 camera

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by bill339 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:35 pm

This is a variation on the Imperial Satellite 127 from Herbert George, but lacking that model's Color/B&W aperture selector. The Mercury Satellite 127 camera was introduced by Imperial Camera Corporation in 1964. They made cameras under several corporate-tie-in brand names. Many product names of that time were geared toward space related names. This one tied in the Mercury rocket used by United States at that time to launce astronauts and satellites. The camera was also given away in the late 60’s by a select few dealerships to buyers of the Mercury Comet automobile that was produced by Mercury from 1960–1969 and again from 1971-1977. The Mercury Satellite 127 was a box type camera with an optical viewfinder and flash capability. The Imperial Satellite 127 and the Mercury Satellite 127 use the same flash unit. The Mercury also has a plastic lens and a 1/50 of a second shutter. The camera has a right handed shutter release, film winding knob on the bottom back, and a 6 foot to infinity focus range. The flash unit was only available from Imperial through a mail-in form accompanied by a $2.00 check. Imperial would then send you flash attachment, 2 Ray-O-Vac long life batteries, and four M2 flash bulbs. These items were pictured on the form card and the mailing address was “Imperial Camera, P. O. Box 90 Madison Square Station New York 10, N.Y.”.

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