Mad Men Camera Light – Keystone Capri 8mm


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Original accent light made from a vintage camera of long ago. The modern look of the 3-lens Capri K caught the eye of the props master for AMC’s show Mad Men. In season one Don Draper films Sally’s birthday party with this camera. See below for detailed story.

  • Measurements: 18″ tall, 3″wide, 6″ 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 TV series Mad Men is a favorite with the designers and art department of Rosie’s. Bringing a compelling point of view of the 1960s decade. Focusing on the advertising industry on Madison Avenue in New York City, the show brings an unflinching, sometimes dark view into an alien world. Matthew Weiner listed Hitchcock as a major influence on the visual style and feel of the Mad Men including the movie North by Northwest (1959).

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Camera Description

The Keystone Equipment and Toy Company originated in Boston, MA in 1910. The company began making movie cameras and projectors ten years later. It’s Capri-series 8mm cameras were made from the late 1940’s through the 1960’s. They were easy to use with its “Electric-Eye” meter and simple settings.

The Capri was a standard 8mm movie camera which held a 25-foot reel of 16mm film that was flipped when the film ran out on the first pass. After about two minutes of filming, you then had to go to a darkened room and reverse the film. When the film was developed, it was cut in half making a 50-foot spool of finished film, approximately 4 minutes of memories.

All of Keystone’s products were made in the United States, which was something they were quite proud of and used as a selling point. They were wildly successful after WWII as servicemen settled in suburbs and raised their families. Keystone sold kits including everything needed to film and show home movies.

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