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Object Timeline

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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1986

  • We acquired this object.

1996

2015

2017

  • You found it!

Purma Special Camera, 1937

This is a camera. It was designed by Raymond Loewy and manufactured by Thomas De La Rue and Beck and made for Purma Cameras Ltd.. It is dated 1937 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is bakelite, acrylic (lens), metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7 x 15.2 x 6.8 cm (2 3/4 x 6 x 2 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On face, upper left: "Made in England"; on lens: "BECK ANASTIGMATI. F-6 3 2 1/4"

Cite this object as

Purma Special Camera, 1937; Designed by Raymond Loewy (American, b. France, 1893–1986); England; bakelite, acrylic (lens), metal; H x W x D: 7 x 15.2 x 6.8 cm (2 3/4 x 6 x 2 11/16 in.); Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor; 1986-99-24

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