The Dick Tracy is a small bakelite camera for 127 film, made c.1947 by Seymour Products Co, using a 1938 design by Jack Galter. The camera was sold in a red cardboard box illustrated with the Dick Tracy character using the camera and the improbable claim, "America's most popular-priced precision-made camera!"
A printed ad from the 1950s lists the camera complete with a film developing kit for $4.98 USD. According to Dick Tracy collector Larry Doucet, this camera in working condition may be worth anywhere from $20 to $45 USD alone and original packaging is worth another $20 USD.
The same camera with an alternate faceplate was marketed as the Brenda Starr Cub Reporter camera.
- Black faceplate
- Black/chrome faceplate
- Red/chrome faceplate
The graphics on the faceplate are based on the Dick Tracy comic strip.
- Badging: Dick Tracy
- Manufacturer: Seymour Products Co
- Film: 127 roll film
- Format: 3x4 cm
- Lens: Fixed focus meniscus lens
- Aperture: unknown
- Shutter: mechanical leaf shutter
- Shutter speed: unknown
- US design patent 114,324 from freepatentsonline.com.
- Hake's Americana & Collectibles, Auction #183 - Part II, Item 1858, "DICK TRACY CAMERA" BOXED, photo 1, 2.5x3x5-1/8" box w/illustrations Item number
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