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Miniature and sub-miniature cameras
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62 pieces of photographic equipment : cameras
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This series contains cameras designed to take photographs on flexible film sized smaller than 135 format film (24mm x 36mm). The size of the camera also tended to be very small, and often simply designed. While several companies manufactured high quality miniature cameras (including Minox and Rollei), many others were cheaply made and did not produce relatively poor results.
Film formats for miniature cameras were often priority, created by manufactures for their cameras specifically, and included the following sizes: 10mm x 14xx (16mm film), 13mm x 17mm film (110 film cartridges), 14mm x 14mm (used by "Hit" type cameras), 8mm x 11mm cartridge roll film (Minox), 11mm x 8mm disc film (Kodak).
Miniature cameras gained a reputation as "spy" cameras, and while some of the higher quality ones (including the Minox) were used by government agencies, most were simply for surreptitious, amateur use.
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Immediate source of acquisition
Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives Special Collections department from several different sources:
Cameras from the Howard & Carole Tanenbaum collection donated by the Tanenbaums in 2016.
Cameras from the B. Van Sluytman collection donated by Ms. Van Sluytman in 2014.
Cameras from the F+PPCM collection donated by the Ryerson Image Arts Department in 2013.
Cameras from the David J. Bishop collection donated b Mr. Bishop in 2012.
Cameras from the Wilhelm E. Nassau collection donated by Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011.
Cameras from the Lorne Shields collection donated by Mr. Shields in 2008.
Cameras from the Charlotte Broome collection donated by Ms. Broome in 2008.
Cameras from the Irvine George Rumney collection donated by Avril Rumney in 2007.
Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives from several different sources and arranged in the Camera Collection by type.
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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.
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Further accruals are expected.