Date of Production: 1949-?
Type of Camera: Box
Shutter speed range: Instant or Bulb
Viewfinder: Flip-up sports finder
The Gnome Pixie is a box camera with an almost cubic, crinkled black enamelled metal body. It has a flip-up sports-finder and takes twelve 6x6cm images on 620 film. The shutter is basic with only Instant & Bulb only; Instant is most likely in the 1/30th to 1/50th range.
There were several variations; the first model was introduced in by Gnome 1949; in 1951 a leatherette covering and black edges were added. A more luxurious "model II" was also available, with chrome edges.
A version with a reflex viewfinder was also made and sold as the Gnome Pixie Flex.
Gnome Baby Pixie
The Baby Pixie was a similar camera made for 4.5x6cm format on 620. Like the Pixie, there was also a variant with a chrome front edge trim, known as the model IV. The camera is loaded by removing the back; the front panel is fixed to the film carrier and the back and sides can be removed after unlatching with a small knob on the side.
|Baby Pixie III|
image by AWCam (Image rights)
According to a full page advertisement by Gnome in the British Journal Photographic Almanac 1951 (page 452):
- This camera was identified as the Model I
- This camera was identified as the Model III
- the Pixieflex takes 12 exposures of 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 on 620 or 120 film, while the Pixie takes takes 12 exposures of 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 on 620 film, and the Baby Pixie takes 12 exposures of 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 on 620 film.