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Trusite Camera Co. of New York City produced a few simple models, all for 127 film, during the 1940s. The lens/shutter assembly seems quite similar to that used on the Utility Manufacturing Company cameras (also from New York).

Trusite Minicam

As with many other models dubbed "minicam," this is a model for half-frame 127 format—in other words, images approximately 3×4 cm, achieved by advancing each number on the film's backing paper to a first, then a second red window on the back. The Trusite Minicam is a simple affair with a fixed focus 50mm meniscus lens and an instant/time shutter. The body is cast metal. In 1947, a kit with the camera, a flashgun, and four flashbulbs sold for $9.95[1]. A version with Girl Scout branding is also known.

Trusite Minicam (4x4)

McKeown also shows a boxy Trusite model giving square images on 127 film, calling it "very uncommon."[2]


  1. Trusite advertisement in the December 1947 Popular Photography (Vol. 21, No. 6), page 223.
  2. 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 934.