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(202) Say Cheese

This is an awesome little knick-knack. It's actually (of all things) a lighter. I found it this summer at Value Village for about two dollars.

 

It's a tiny intricate little thing—everything you see moves. The tripod legs extend and retract (and can screw off completely). The little lever by the (removable plastic) lens moves, the knobs and buttons along the top all unscrew, and in this picture, I'm actually looking through the viewfinder. It's delightful.

 

Part of the back is stamped with "Made in occupied Japan." It doesn't actually light things, but it's all in tip-top condition, and I'm sure that if I really wanted to go about sprucing it up, I could ignite things right and left.

 

I don't have much use for a lighter, though, so I'm perfectly content with the miniature metal camera.

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Uploaded on January 20, 2008