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John Glenn Space Camera Light – Minolta Hi-Matic 35mm


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Interesting accent light made from a vintage Minolta Hi-Matic 35mm. This is the model that Astronaut John Glenn took up into space on Friendship 7 in 1962. He became the first human to take color still photographs of the Earth from space. He used a version of this camera, modified by NASA, in space. See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 17″ tall, 5.25″wide, 3″ 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

Astronaut John Glenn and the Friendship 7 Mission blasted into orbit on February 20, 1962. He became the first American to orbit the earth and leave Earth’s lower atmosphere by going faster than any other astronaut, 17,500 miles per hour. The space capsule orbited the earth three times and the total mission flight time was four hours 55 minutes and 23 seconds.

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Camera Description

The Hi-Matic released in 1962, was the first Minolta camera to feature automatic exposure using a built-in selenium light sensor. A major breakthrough at the time. The camera was well made with professional glass in the 45 mm f/2.8 lens. The camera gave photographers full control of the process and became known for active shooting. Allowing for successful photos in challenging settings. Versions of the Hi-Matic were made until 1979. Then autofocus and single lens reflex designs had taken over.

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