Imperial

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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.

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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

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