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The American Look

While in Titusville yesterday, I came across this Sabre 620 in an antique shop. It was marked $25 - which I knew was too much for it, but the guy came down to $18 - and reluctantly, and with hesitation I bought it. Even though I knew it was a bit more than what I would have wanted to pay for it. I was going to leave it, but something about its color, that seafoam green, made it irresistible.

  

As the day passed, it grew on me and kept doing so. Even though one of my favorite antique dealers who I showed it to after I bought it called it a "junk camera" it grew on me, which I knew was a good sign. Some of my favorite purchases ever were made with indecisiveness... only to grow and grow on me so much that they become some of my favorite things, which I guess partly comes from the satisfaction of taking a risk that, had one not taken, would have left one with regrets. I guess that's how it works out at least.

  

When I bought it, I could understand why somebody would call it a junk camera. It looked like this.

  

I spent the morning cleaning it. Windex, rubbing alcohol and some magic erasers (don't use these. They dull the finish.) and some shoe polish (don't tell nobody I did that. That was because of the magic erasers dulling the polish.) and it now looks how you see it here. And I love it to death. And it's seafoam green.

  

'Exploded' view.

  

The title is a reference to a Populuxe film. The first of three parts - use the related videos section to see the rest of the film.

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Taken on January 30, 2009