The Falcon Miniature (or Falcon Deluxe Miniature) 127 film cameras were made in New York by the Utility Manufacturing Company, starting c.1939. Later, after being taken over by Spartus the same series continued, now manufactured in Chicago. The camera bodies were made of Bakelite, and styled somewhat like the 35mm Argus A. The image format was 3×4 cm, using dual red windows to advance the film.
Different body moldings, lens faceplates, and viewfinder styles all appeared under the Falcon Miniature name. Most of the bodies include a compartment to store an extra film roll. One Falcon body style (with horizontal ribbing) was a clear design inspiration for the Lomographic Sprocket Rocket.
Similar cameras were sold as the Carlton, Falcon Midget, Falcon Minette, Rex Miniature, and others. The wiki article "the Chicago Cluster" discusses the bewildering world of Chicago camera rebrandings. Even a Falcon Girl Scout variant was available.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 942-943.
- Falcon Miniature on Junk Store Cameras
- Falcon Miniature manual on * Mike Butkus' site
- Falcon Candid cameras PDF manual from [Mike Butkus's OrphanCameras.com site]
|Variant body molding|
image by Gustavo Vasquez (Image rights)
|Chicago example, with folding viewfinder|
image by Coleccionando Camaras (Image rights)