SOLD! 1939 Rolls Camera

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Here is a vintage Rolls camera. It is a viewfinder camera made of Bakelite made by the Rolls Camera Mfg. Co. in 1939. This camera shows ware, there is a bite out of the Bakelite behind the left knob where the back attaches, this likely would effect use of this camera, best used as decor, displays well, shutter works as it should.

This same camera was sold under a wide variety of names in many different variations, particularly by what is commonly referred to as the “Chicago Cluster,” a group of Chicago-based brand names that produced so many near-identical cameras that it’s widely believed to be just one actual company.

Like the vast majority of inexpensive Bakelite cameras, the Rolls is very simple. The 50mm Rollax lens has a fixed aperture of f/16 and two shutter speeds: INSTANT (approximately 1/100 seconds) and TIME (which is really Bulb). The speeds can be chosen by a switch located at four o’clock on the lens barrel while the shutter is tripped by a lever at 10. Only one of the two metal knobs on the top of the camera is functional; the one closer to the simple optical viewfinder can be wound to advance the film while the other one serves no real purpose. On the user’s right hand side of the camera is a round metal button which unlatches the back of the camera. Due to the fact that it’s a half-frame camera, two red windows marked “1” and “2” are located on the back so that each frame can neatly accommodate two images.

Although we try to give an accurate description, remember, this is a vintage item and there may be small imperfections from age or flaws from production that we have not noticed or noted in the comments. We try to list all the deficiencies, marks etc. Please review ALL pictures closely. All of photos are of the actual item that will be shipped.

If you are purchasing multiple items from our shop, we are happy to combine shipping and refund the difference.

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