Tony Vaccaro WWII – Argus C3 Brick Camera Light


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Original accent light made from a vintage Argus C3 brick. Tony Vaccaro was a world-famous photographer during the midcentury. But when he was 21 years old, he was drafted into the army and fought on the frontlines in Europe. He bought an Argus C3 brick and took 8,000 photographs of the war. His work has become the seminal work of live action shots of that war. See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 20.25″ tall, 9.5″wide, 3″ deep
  • Rosie red badge
  • Certificate of authenticity that includes the story behind the camera
  • Includes brand new quality chrome 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

In 1943, with the Allied invasion of Europe imminent, a newly drafted 21-year old Tony Vaccaro headed to WWII. Tony went out and purchased a $47.00 Argus C3, and carried the camera into the war with him.

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Camera Description

This is the camera that popularized the 35mm film format. Released in October 1939 with easy to use range focusing gears it became one of the most popular cameras of all time. Quick to focus and rugged, made of Bakelite and metal. The new 35mm concealed film stayed stable until it could be developed.

The C3 has frequently appeared in movies, including The Philadelphia Story (1940), Max Showalter’s Niagara (1953), used by Gwyneth Paltrow in Sky Captain the World of Tomorrow (2004), and Harry Potter.

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