Vintage 1940's AGFA B-2 Cadet Box Camera Lamp/Light Decorative Shelf Display

JC020
  • $49.97


Vintage 1940's AGFA B-2 Cadet Box Camera Lamp/Light Decorative Shelf Display + 1968 GAF Catalog

This wonderful vintage camera no longer takes pictures but it still shines brightly.  The 1930’s 120 film size camera is adapted with a plug in light for shelf display.  The camera comes with a working light bulb.

As an extra, included is a 1968 GAF (company that acquired Agfa) 14 page, thick paper and color catalog of their line of photographic products.  Contained in the catalog is a verified hand written list of items Frank Cairo of Cairo Camera Shop was going to order and stock in the store from this catalog.

Approx. Dimensions: 5" x 4" x 3-1/4" without the bulb

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.

CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera no longer takes pictures since it was turned into a vintage decorative light. The plug-in electric light works. Top strap is cracked/brittle. Camera shows some rust on the outside metal parts. There is a wear spot and top fading that some shoe polish may brighten but we wished to keep it as is. This decorative camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, or any instruction manual.   The camera will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.

HISTORY: Agfa (Munich)

AGFA is an abbreviation for the original German company founded in 1867.  Its USA operations merged with ANCO which eventually became GAF.  The German Companies continued operations after WW11.  Along with cameras, projectors, slide trays and film, GAF acquired Viewmaster 3D reels assets.

ABOUT THE CAMERAS

An amazing find for vintage camera enthusiasts! The cameras are part of many items acquired from the Cairo Camera Shop.  Please check often as many become available in the near future.

BACKSTORY:  Frank G Cairo, Owner of the Cairo Camera Shop  

Frank Cairo moved from the Bronx, New York to Kenosha, WI in 1943.  The next year, after getting married, he acquired the neighborhood grocery store next door and made it into Cairo Camera Shop.  He operated the store for over fifty years until his death in 1997.

He loved cameras, projectors, movie stars and movies and was the photographer for the local auto workers union. He began collecting 8, 16 and 35mm films.  Eventually, Cairo Home Movies became the largest private film collection in Southern Wisconsin.  In addition to renting films and projectors, one could hire him to do a movie show, with films, from his library, at Christmas events and parties.  In the summers, he had free outdoor movie nights for neighborhood kids. If you would like to see a 5 minute video about Frank Cairo and his camera shop as told by his son, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqCoUsiGfaA