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Marilyn Monroe Camera Light – Kodak Range Finder 35mm


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Interesting accent light made from a vintage Kodak Range Finder 35mm. Norma Jeane Baker (later known as Marilyn Monroe) modeled with this camera, it was one of her first paid modeling jobs after the war. During WWII she worked at the Radioplane munitions factory in Van Nuys, CA. She was discovered by War Department photographer David Conover who was shooting female workers for a morale boosting program. See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 16.5″ tall, 5″ wide, 3.5″ 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

Norma Jeane married James Dougherty a next-door neighbor in 1942. In early 1944 he joined the war effort and was in the Pacific for over two years. Norma Jeane signed up as a factory worker a munitions factory as soon as she turned 18. She was discovered by David Conover, a photographer who was taking morale boosting pictures for the war efforts. This became known as the Rosie The Riveter photographs taken at factories across the country.

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Camera Description

The Kodak 35 Rangefinder was launched by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1940 as one of their first 35mm cameras. This model was developed in Rochester, New York when it became clear imports from the Kodak AG factory in Germany would be disrupted by war.

It featured gearing on the face for easy use with the photographer’s thumb to set the correct range. These cameras used a rangefinder mechanism to ensure the lens was focused over the film.

Celebrities loved this camera because it looked different and was easy to use. The 35mm canisters insured that the film didn’t get accidentally exposed or damaged.


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