Lot of 2 Vintage Revere 8mm Movie Cameras Models Ranger #81 and #88

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Lot of 2 Vintage Revere 8mm Movie Cameras Models Ranger #81 and #88

This listing includes the following 2 vintage cameras:

VINTAGE REVERE-EIGHT RANGER Model 81 8mm Movie Camera w/Elgeet-Revere 1/2” f/2.5 Lens with a nice Leather Strap Case

Beautiful brushed copper colored, 25 foot double roll 8mm movie camera  Runs and winds great  F2.5 to unusual f/22 lens setting with 3 speeds from 16 to 32 frames per second for fast and slow shooting  A heavy compact 5” by 2” Has a cool front hand strap  Includes film take-up reel and cowhide case with strap.

Ranger Eight Model 81: CONDITION NOTE: Used: The camera is in wonderful condition. From removing the lens and observing the shutter’s movement, it works well at all speeds.  The wind is strong and all speeds work. The inside film loading area is in good condition. Test using actual film worked without any problems. Not tested by filming and then developing the film. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). The above the lens viewfinder has some edge haze which does not appear from looking through the back viewfinder.  Edges of winder has small corner rust or scrape spot.  There are three small scrapes on camera body and some very light superficial wear.  The cowhide case is in great shape except for thread separation on one side which was superglued.  The camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, or any instruction manual.

VINTAGE REVERE Model 88 8mm Movie Camera with Somco-Revere Cine 12.7mm Coated f/2.5 Lens

Revers brushed copper colored, 25 foot double roll 8mm movie camera Runs and winds great F2.5 to f/16 lens setting with 3 speeds from 16 to 32 frames per second for fast and slow shooting Almost no wear and a heavy compact 5”X 2 Has a cool front hand strap Includes film take-up reel.

Revere Model 88: CONDITION NOTE: Used: The model 88 camera is in great condition. From removing the lens and observing the shutter’s movement, it works well at all speeds.  The wind is strong and all speeds work. The inside film loading area is in good condition. Tested using actual film worked without any problems. Not tested by filming and then developing the film. The lens optics appear clean and clear with no scratches, chips, streaks, fungus, fog or haze that I can see (see pictures). Likewise, the “above the lens” viewfinder has some edge haze which does not appear from looking through the back viewfinder.  Edges around circle behind winder has some scrapes.  There are some tiny scratches on camera body and some very light superficial wear. The camera does not come with its original box, original packaging, or any instruction manual. 

 

This duo is sold together and from the Cairo Camera Shop Collection originally purchased directly and picked-up at the Revere Factory offices in Chicago.  It was not uncommon to later buy or gift a second camera for the spouse or older child as it is simple and easy to use.

 

HISTORY: REVERE CAMERA COMPANY 

A precursor to Revere, Excel Radiator Company was started in 1920 in Chicago by a Ukrainian immigrant, Sam Brisken.  In 1939, they merged into a subsidiary of his son’s and became the Revere Camera Company.  The name came from the Revere Copper Company, which provided depression financial support to small manufacturers, like Excel Radiator.  Naturally, when they then started manufacturing 8mm cameras and projectors they adopted the copper like colored cameras.

By the 1950’s, it is the number two manufacturer of movie cameras in the US.  Later, to increase business, they took over Wollensak Optical.  Soon after, they introduced Wollensak camera models.  Although mechanically similar to the Revere models they had better lens but were, of course, more expensive.  Within a few short years, they were making tape recorders.  In 1960, the founder, before dying of cancer, sold the privately owned business to 3M for only $17 million dollars.

Revere also made and sold 16mm cameras and projectors including a 16mm sound projector.  Cairo Camera Shop was a Revere/Wollensak dealer.  Frank Cairo would often drive the 60 miles to the East 21 Street building, first occupied by Excel Radiator, to pick up equipment and leave equipment for repair.

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 Wisconsin.  In addition to renting films and projectors, he would take and show movies at parties and events. 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

Now, after 25 years, the family is selling its well-kept collection of vintage camera and movie equipment and memorabilia.  The family hopes you will have the opportunity in the coming weeks and months to enjoy some of the items being sold as they have all these years.

Approx. Dimensions: 

  • Revere #81 Camera: 5-1/8" L x 2-1/2" W x 4-3/8" D
  • Revere #88 Camera: 5-1/8" L x 2-1/8" W x 4-1/8" D

Approx. Weights: 

  • Revere #81 Camera: 1 lb, 14 ozs 
  • Revere #88 Camera: 1 lb, 12 ozs 

Sold as is. No warranty. No Returns.

 

CONDITION NOTE: Used, but in overall good condition given their age. See the full listing description for details on the condition of each piece and whether they were tested and if manuals and cases are included. These cameras will be carefully packed and insured for safe shipping. See detailed high resolution (zoom-able) pictures to know what you are purchasing.