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This 1940's Kandor Jr. is an interesting pocket camera. The Kandor and it's sister cam, the Lark, both made by Irwin Corporation in New York, are the inspiration behind Lomography's La Sardina series. Actually the Lark is closer in shape to La Sardina and I suspect the Kandor came earlier. Anyway, it's a pressed metal camera with a back that fits on like the "lid" of a sardine can. After much searching on Ebay for quite a few months I finally found a working example of this one. The Lark I also found but it is not working yet. As it was, the Kandor required an hour or two of cleaning and lubrication to get it going again so these probably tended to get rusted up and did not survive compared to most of the bakelite based 127 type mini cameras from the 40's and 50's.

clickiemcpete This photo was shot on film. Taken by clickiemcpete with a 1940's Kandor Jr loaded with Efke 100 film in massachusetts, United States. This photo can also be found in the album 1940's Kandor Jr: The Original La Sardina.

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