VP Twin - Antique and Vintage Cameras

VP Twin

Late 1930s

Blue model

E Elliott Ltd

Birmingham

England

Image of VP Twin

Lens:
f12.5, B.O.L.Co meniscus.

Construction:
Bakelite body.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder without eye piece.
Film-advance indicated by red window, not coupled.

Identification:
Version with lens in front of shutter.

Simple Bakelite camera produced in the late 1930s in a range of colours - black, brown, dark red, dark green, dark blue and bright blue. After the war, c.1950, a similar model was produced which carried a name plate around the lens and the lens name of Bloomed BOLCO. BOLCO was part of Elliott. Woolworths was a major retailer of the camera. The bright blue finish is rare.

On some (? early) models the lens is behind the shutter and the ridges that form the opening catch are extended to the full height of the camera.

References & Notes:
AP 1/7/1953, p. 57.

Further Information:
Photographica World no. 108 has a good article by David Gardner on Elliott and BOLCo.

VP Twin

c.1950

Black model

Lens:
f12.5, B.O.L.Co meniscus.

Construction:
Bakelite body.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder without eye piece.
Film-advance indicated by red window, not coupled.

VP Twin

Late 1930s

Brown model

Image of VP Twin

Lens:
f12.5, B.O.L.Co meniscus.

Construction:
Bakelite body.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder without eye piece.
Film-advance indicated by red window, not coupled.

Identification:
Version with lens in front of shutter.

With:
Box.

VP Twin

Late 1930s

Black model

Lens:
f12.5, B.O.L.Co meniscus.

Construction:
Bakelite body.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder without eye piece.
Film-advance indicated by red window, not coupled.

Identification:
Version with lens behind the shutter and extended opening ridges.

With:
Orange-coloured Box.

VP Twin

Late 1930s

Green model

Image of VP Twin

Lens:
f12.5, B.O.L.Co meniscus.

Construction:
Bakelite body.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Frame finder without eye piece.
Film-advance indicated by red window, not coupled.

Identification:
Version with lens in front of shutter.

With:
Instructions. Multi-coloured box. The box carries a price label: 'Front 6d, Back 6d, Shutter & Lens 6d, 3 parts sold separately'.

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