Bell & Howell 8mm Home Movie Camera


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Interesting accent light made from a Bell & Howell Model 252 8mm movie camera. This camera was one of the most successful for the Chicago based company in the 1950s. Started 1907, the company focused on professional projectors and cameras and is known to have developed the movie film standard 35mm. See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 18″ tall, 3.25″wide, 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

The company was founded by two projectionists Donald Joseph Bell and Albert Summers Howell in 1907 in Chicago IL. Working in the new motion pictures technology they saw the vast opportunity in manufacturing the equipment. They focused on professional and industrial film equipment for the first 30 years. Then introduced 8mm formats for amateur and home use in the mid-1930s. By the 1950s they were market leaders.

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Camera Description

In 1953, the two-fifty-two 8mm movie camera was a significant update in home movie cameras with a selenium meter to ensure proper exposure settings and excellent lens options. The styling was a radical shift from previous B&H Filmo cameras.

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