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Elvis Presley’s 8mm Camera Light – Revere Model 40


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Interesting accent light made from a vintage Revere Model 40 movie camera. This is the model that Elvis had when he first started touring as a rockabilly musician with Bill Black and Jimmy Snows. This is not the exact camera. That was destroyed in a car fire on route 67 in Texas in 1955.  See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 16″ tall, 2.25″wide, 4.25″ deep
  • Rosie red badge
  • Certificate of authenticity that includes the story behind the camera
  • Includes brand new quality chrome mini tripod and incandescent Edison light bulb
  • All parts are UL component listed (c UR us) for United States and Canada
  • Proudly made in Chautauqua, NY USA

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This accent/ desk light is made with the finest new lighting components available. This includes:

  • Eight (8) foot long vintage inspired fabric cord with 2-prong plug
  • Fully functional in-line dimmer switch good for up to 120 volts
  • Heavy duty metal and chrome E26 socket (standard light bulb socket)
  • Brand new warm comforting incandescent Edison light bulb hand-spun from the PL&T company in Garland, TX. It is 40 watts with unique filament pattern. Light bulb rated for 3,000 hours. Click here to purchase replacement bulbs.
  • Maximum 100 watts

We start with the vintage camera we procure through various camera and antiques dealers nationwide. It has been sitting in an attic or basement for 50+ years and is non-functioning. We lovingly visually restore it with the following:

  • Removal of nicotine, mold, mildew with various solvents
  • Dissemble and clean the lenses and optics
  • Metal polishing using various cleaners and polishing agents
  • Leather cleaning, repair and conditioning
  • Please note: Each light is a little different and will not match the pictures exactly. The camera while clean and complete will have 50 to 80 years of wear and patina that gives it awesome character! Think of all the memories the thing captured. Contact us with questions.

Story Summary

Elvis is known to have loved cameras of all kinds, capturing the adventure of his daily life. In early 1955 he bought a single lens Revere super 8mm, model 40. It was simple to use and had the fail-safe super 8 cartridge. This started the rich library of Elvis’ home movies from 1950s and 1960s.

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Camera Description

Vintage Super 8mm movie camera by the Revere company of Chicago, IL. This model was their popular single barrel model 40 featuring solid aluminum body construction, interchangeable d-mount lens, variable view finder and extensive setting options. This was one of the company’s first super 8 cameras that provided the user the convenience of film sealed in a tight cartridge eliminating the need to find a dark closet to load and flip film like the standard 8mm cameras. This camera was introduced in 1951 and was popular throughout the 1950s.

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