A Flash from the Past

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I picked up a box full of these vintage light bulb sized flashbulbs the other day as part of a camera purchase (Graflex Super Speed Graphic 4×5). The seller of the camera added them in as an afterthought. Looking at the screw-in bases I wonder how many people have put these in a regular lamp socket “for fun”? Not recommended as it would more than likely cause the bulb to explode and trip the circuits in the house (if it didn’t burn it down first)!

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I’m thinking these things flash pretty brightly

Once I get the Graflex up and running I’ll probably give one of these a try. By the way, this batch is available in my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com if you’d like to add some vintage bulbs to your collection.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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“This is a Toy” – Goofy Stuff from Yashica

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Normally you’d expect to see “this is not a toy” on something not designed to be played with. Here we have a rather odd promotional item from Yashica.

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My best translation – Color Camera Yashica Electro 35

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Still looks good and holds air after 50 years!

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A Yashica float. It’s about 6 feet in length and I’m guessing Yashica didn’t want you to use this at the beach or pool as anything but a toy.

Admittedly a pretty goofy item that we’ve added to our Yashica collection recently. I saw it on a Japanese auction site and well, I couldn’t resist. It was listed by a seller in Shiga Prefecture (which is just east of Kyoto). I paid a silly amount to ship it after paying less than $10 to purchase it. Collecting – jeez. On the bright side, I may have the only matching set of Yashica beach gear in the world!

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We now have a matching set of beach gear from Yashica. The Sailor Boy logo was popular with Yashica in the early 1960s – here he makes another appearance to promote the Electro 35 camera.

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Happy SUNday! Violent Cartoon Edition

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“Willie Mouse” on a 1960s era movie editor.

Mickey’s delinquent cousin? I can’t remember how many times when I was a kid that I’ve watched this cartoon – there was something fun about running your own cartoon through the family projector.

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Super cool 8mm film editor – we love the 1960s style of this thing! It was made in Japan by Ohnoya Shoten, Ltd.

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Back to the movie. “Baby Faced Battler” by Castle Films, produced by United World Films. The character first appeared in 1938. Crazy violent!

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DeJur Model 750 8mm movie projector – c1953

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Mindless fun!

Have a great day y’all!

Chris

Yashica Pentamatic II – The Phantom

A new Pentamatic joins the family – this one was made in September of 1960.

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Seldom seen in the wild, Yashica’s “Phantom” camera – the P2

The Pentamatic II was fitted with a limited production lens made by Zunow Optical – a 5.8cm f1.7 Auto Yashinon with 10 aperture blades. It’s a massive camera with a ton (1,028 grams) of brass and glass.

It’s a distinctive design – very modern but classic at the same time. A clean pentaprism without the cold shoe mounted on it – in fact, the cold shoe (accessory shoe) is mounted on the camera’s left shoulder just above the hidden rewind knob.

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The serial number (NO. 96000944) indicates the “when” of this camera. The “9” is for September and the next digits, “60” is for 1960. The last 5 digits are the sequence number or production number. This one is the 944th made since production began in August 1960.

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A rather unique lens for its time – I feel that the lens was made by Zunow Optical for Yashica and was only produced in an extremely limited number for the short run of the Pentamatic II (about 6 months). This is one of Yashica’s hardest cameras to acquire – there may only be less than 500 of these (if that much) left in the wild.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

Yashica’s ‘Sailor Boy – Christmas Elf’?

We’re super lucky to have run across a rather hard to find Sailor Boy – this one came to our attention from a visitor to our blog – then through eBay by way of South Africa to Florida! Welcome home, little guy!

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This unique version of Sailor Boy – complete with his Yashica 35mm camera.

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Cousins, not brothers. The only thing missing on our little guy is his green decal which should be on the front of his hat.

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Sailor Boy convention. The new guy cleaned up nicely. A little bit of warm soapy water and a soft brush and he’s good as new!

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Made in Japan is about all we know at this point. We’re not even sure about when he was made.

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Cool shoes – but are they “elf” shoes?

More about the history and variations of Yashica’s advertising figurine soon. As always, feel free to share your Sailor Boys with us – we’re looking to add to our collection with new versions of this cute guy.

Thanks

Chris and Carol

 

 

 

Yashica Day! ヤシカ

Hey, it’s Yashica Day every day!

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Still one of our all-time favorite Yashicas – the Yashica J-3 in pro-black. Just a handsome camera. It was Yashica’s first SLR in black.

Thanks for your visit!

Chris

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‘Cheeky’ – Weekly Photo Challenge

Not a term I would normally use, but maybe this Yashica ‘Sailor Boy’ fits the bill as cheeky.

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Yashica’s advertising figurine from 1962.

Chris

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