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Star Mini Kid's Camera (Circa 1950's)

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This is a Star Camera for kids from the 1950's. Made in Japan. It is complete with original box, instructions, 3 rolls of film(2 still in foil wrappers), leather camera case. It is operational and I would rate the overall condition a 9 out of 10. The camera weighs 1.7 oz, and is 2 1/4 " wide and 1 1/2" tall. My questions are: How rare is this and what would its' value be? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  1. tikiray tikiray, 4 years ago
    I've seen cameras like this, but they are listed as spy cameras.
  2. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    This particular camera was probably made by the Star Camera Works (Japan) in the 1950s. The camera by itself is worth about $15 - $25, and in my opinion, a complete outfit as shown here would be interesting to a dedicated collector of these at around $55+.

    As background, there are several hundred name variations made by numerous companies. Values vary widely. For example, Hit cameras with occupied Japan markings typically reach $85. Gold colored versions can sell for over $250. Most of the common models average $10 to $25 depending on condition, while really rare names or exotic versions go for more.

    Otherwise, this type of novelty camera is referred to by collectors as a “Hit style subminiature.” While there was a camera made by Tougodo Optical in the 1950s by the name of “Hit,” the name eventually became a generic collector term referencing inexpensive cameras made of stamped metal using 17.5 mm rollfilm to produce 14 x 14 mm images.
  3. theresa, 3 years ago
    i have a mini camera made in occupied japan. it is in decent shape,everything still rolls and moves.
  4. Lauren, 3 years ago
    I have one of these type cameras with an exposed roll of film, where can I get the film developed?

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