Artifact Archive: Guillotine shutter


This tiny camera is a Universal Minute 16, first introduced in 1949. Its “guillotine shutter” had a speed of 1/50th of a second. The camera holds 16 mm film that can be advanced by the lever on the camera’s side. Its manual boasted it could be carried in your smallest pocket or purse, and was an “expensive camera offered at an inexpensive price”. The small prints measured 2 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches. A special feature – especially for such a small piece of equipment – was the synchronized flash, allowing for picture-taking under a variety of conditions. This Universal Minute 1...

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