VP Twin camera

Front view of a camera showing the shutter lever near the lens. Side view of a camera showing the textured body. Rear view of a camera showing the textured body. Side view of a camera showing the closed metal view finder. Side view of a camera showing the film winder. Side view of a camera showing the sections.
Front view of a camera showing the shutter lever near the lens. Side view of a camera showing the textured body. Rear view of a camera showing the textured body. Side view of a camera showing the closed metal view finder. Side view of a camera showing the film winder. Side view of a camera showing the sections.
Details
Object number
AIBDC : 0_6629
Country
Date
1950 - 1959 (circa)

Description

A VP Twin camera, circa 1950s, with a hinged metal view finder. This very small, square camera was compression moulded by E. Elliott Limited in Birmingham under their trade mark L-Yacht. This camera has a single meniscus f12.5 bloomed British Optical Company (BOLCo) lens. BOLCo was a subsidiary of E. Elliott Ltd. Both companies were originally adjacent to the Coronet Camera factory and each made parts for the others cameras according to their particular expertise. The VP Twin camera is unique in that it was made to be sold in 3 pieces. This was because Woolworths were the retailer for the camera and their price promise was that nothing cost more than 6d. So, to provide a camera to their customers within this very limited price range the camera was sold in three parts: the back, the front and the shutter/lens assembly. The back opens by inserting a coin into a slot and twisting.
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)
Manufacturer

Inscriptions

moulded: "V.P.Twin" (rear)
Dimensions
Width
90mm
Height
65mm
Depth
60mm
Colour