Sunbeam six-twenty

I purchased this camera at the Puget Sound Photographic Collector’s Society camera show. They hold this show every April in Kent, WA. I paid a whopping five bucks for it. It’s gray deco self is cute enough, but I knew I had to own it when I turned it upside down to find, “HELEN’s. 1956 Won it for a penny in Morrison Ill.” scrawled on the bottom. Helen’s pride in ownership has rubbed off on me and I am honored to own such a show piece.Made in Chicago, the Sunbeam accepts 620 film. Hence, the name “six-twenty“. Takes 12 square images on a roll. The back of the camera opens with a little gnarled knob that unscrews. There’s no “b” setting.  It measures approximately 3 inches x 4 1/2 inches, with the viewfinder hood unopened. I rather like this little camera’s style.

Some images from the lovely Sunbeam:

If you would like to learn how to re=spool 120 to a 620 spool, here is a link to a video I made.

The film appears to have gotten somewhat scratched during it’s journey through the camera. OK…more than “somewhat”. I might’ve gotten sand in there – I dunno. McKeown’s says it was made by Herold. I’m, like, “Herold who?”

Catching a Sunbeam.


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February 1, 2017

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