Time Magazine Camera
|The ubiquitous Time camera|
image by Bracket ツ (Image rights)
This was a 35mm toy camera given out free with subscriptions of Time Magazine. Unlike other toy cameras, however, the lens is actually of reasonable quality and made of glass, and the pictures it takes are fairly sharp. While the Time Magazine badging is the best known, the camera was also distributed with Sports Illustrated, Franka, Caesars, and other badging. There is a standard hot shoe on the top of the camera, and several other features not usually found on toy cameras, such as a coupled frame counter and a primitive choice of apertures.
The Time camera's "Kinetic Optical Color Lens" may indicate a connection to other products branded Kinetic; but given the profusion of different brands used this is hard to determine.
|Camera with Franka badging|
image by Arty Smokes (Image rights)
|Camera with Caesars badging|
image by John Kratz (Image rights)