I was doing a search on Ebay recently for 127 cameras. There are tons of neat older cameras that use 127 film and I like to look and see what is out there sometimes. Well, this thing popped up. It's from 1945 and it was sold as a kit camera from the classfied ads page in Popular Science magazine. These are very rare, only a few examples are known. Mine was beat up and neglected but even though it's rare it isn't really worth too much so I decided to go ahead and make it my own kit camera. So I fixed up the shutter, took it apart and cleaned everything, then lightly refinished the wood, stole a red window off another camera and installed it. Then I gave it a fresh coat of shellac which would have been a period correct treatment. It looks and works great now.,

1945 Hollycam Special (Wooden Kit Camera)
Efke 100
Gill, MA
United States
1945 Hollycam Special


  1. grazie
    grazie ·

    that's a cool looking camera!

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    ^..^ It looks so beautiful..

  3. b0rn2b1ush
    b0rn2b1ush ·

    pretty cam!

  4. deepfried_goodness
    deepfried_goodness ·

    Nicely done my friend. It's great to give new life to old cameras.

  5. ohlordy
    ohlordy ·

    very nice!

  6. cc-in-paris
    cc-in-paris ·

    very cool cam!

  7. i_am_four-eyes
    i_am_four-eyes ·

    Nicely done! It looks very cool!

  8. marcel2cv
    marcel2cv ·

    What a lovely camera! :-)

  9. domemerson
    domemerson ·

    Great find.

  10. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Thanks! Yeah, the wood appears to be mahogany. It has a dovetailed sliding back cover so it's really simple but nicely made.

  11. earlybird
    earlybird ·

    nice camera :)

  12. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Nice job refurbishing this camera.

  13. kaffeeschwester
    kaffeeschwester ·

    What a beauty !!

  14. kibs
    kibs ·

    That is way cool!

  15. ajagee24701
    ajagee24701 ·

    Cool camera!!!

  16. allanbendiksen
    allanbendiksen ·

    What a beautiful camera.