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The brand Imperial was also used on a series of box cameras from Braun in Germany, and several other products have carried the name Imperial.

Imperial was the main camera brand of Herbert George Co., a Chicago, Illinois, company founded by Herbert Weil and George Israel around 1945. Herco appeared on some models, such as the Herco Imperial; then Imperial won out as the preferred name. In 1961, company ownership changed and the whole company was renamed to Imperial Camera Corp. It made entirely bakelite and plastic cameras and often used eye-catching colors and styles to spur sales of what were otherwise very basic designs.

Camera Models

Herco Imperial Imperial 127 Reflex Herco-Flex 6-20 Imperial Delta
Imperial Insta-Flash Imperial Instant Load 900 Imperial Mark 27 Imperial Mark XII Flash
Imperial Permalite Electronic Flash Imperial Princess Imperial Reflex 620 Duo Lens Imperial Six-Twenty
Magimatic X50 Imperial Cubex IV Imperial Insta-Flash Savoy Mark II
Imperial Satellite 127 Imperial Satellite II Herbert George Stylex Imperial Deluxe Twin Lens Reflex
Imperial Magimatic 210 Imperial Lark Imperial Mark XII Flash Official Girl Scout Camera for Brownie Scouts
Imperial M110 Magimatic Imperial Magimatic Tele 518 Imperial Tele-Permalite 110 Imperial Magimatic 218



Companies of Chicago (Illinois)
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