Party Fun With This FREAK Camera (May, 1932)

Party Fun With This FREAK Camera

IF YOU are looking for something different in party entertainment, perhaps a freak camera similar to that shown here will help.

This camera started life as a store box. A little paint and a trimming of lantern-slide tape transformed it into something resembling a camera. From that point the construction consisted of attaching accessories that have no connection with photography.

One of these devices is a pair of bells arranged so that coins dropped into slots will ring them one at a time. It was desired to photograph a “hot” subject, so the camera was equipped with an electric cigar-lighter unit mounted inside a small tin can, and covered with a piece of wire screen. Slightly moistened sawdust placed on the screen produced an abundance of smoke.

To extinguish the fire, water, retained in a length of garden hose, and drawn from a faucet on the side of the camera, was used.

To produce a crash when the “shutter” was operated, a swinging hammer, operated by a strong coil spring, demolished an old photoflash bulb held in a socket.

  1. Thundercat says: January 4, 200912:43 am

    Seems like an awful lot of work, for what exactly?

  2. Myles says: January 5, 20093:32 pm

    Do you ever get the feeling that the writer’s of these party articles just imagined what might be fun if they were ever invited?

  3. LightningRose says: January 5, 20096:11 pm

    I’m so glad I grew up in the days of sex and drugs and rock and roll.

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