Imperial Mark 27

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    The Imperial Mark 27 is a nifty plastic camera made by the Herbert George Co. of Chicago, probably in the 1950s. It's called a "3-way flash camera" on the box, and a "3-in-1 hideaway flash camera" on the instructions. Apparently, this is because the camera can:
    - Take color slides
    - Take color snapshots
    - Take black & white snapshots

    There you have it! Three!

    I'm not sure why you're supposed to close the flash door when not using the flash, but the Herbert George Co. also made the "Official Boy Scout 3-Way Camera (same camera as this one, but with a Boy Scout logo on it), and that one doesn't say you have to close the flash door!

    For 12 exposures on 127 film.

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    1. John Kratz 83 months ago | reply

      Bryan, you have some really great stuff in your collection!

    2. loungelistener 82 months ago | reply

      I have one exactly like this, with strap, film (that came with it) and in the original box. Have you shot anything through yours? I'm curious to try mine, but have no idea where to get more 127 film, or better yet, where to get it developed.

    3. John Kratz 82 months ago | reply

      Hi Gary,
      I have not put a roll through this camera, and I don't know where I'd get 127 film either. If I really wanted to know, I guess I'd look here.

    4. loungelistener 82 months ago | reply

      Will of course there's a 127 group here, stupid me! :-) Thanks for leading me in the right direction. Not only did it lead me to 127 film, but 120 film also. That I can use for my Brownie Hawkeye Flash kit.

      Now to scope out people who'll develop it for me, and I'll be all set. :-)

    5. Andy961 82 months ago | reply

      Brings back memories! The Boy Scout version was my first camera. Difficult sometimes to wind that 127 film through it, but I took some photos with that camera that still surpise me!

    6. lukewarm water 71 months ago | reply

      I just got one of these but with no manual... do you happen to know what model of flash bulb it uses? Thanks! Love your collection!

    7. John Kratz 71 months ago | reply

      Thanks Erin!

      Honestly I don't remember what kind of bulb I stuck in there. I will try to find out and get back to you.

    8. Epicyclic Transmissions 71 months ago | reply

      I think it's an M2 bulb. I know the flash for the Satellite and Delta is designed to take both M2 and AG1 style bulbs.

    9. heartdelay. [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Cool camera and nice colors :D

    10. : : carrie : : 63 months ago | reply

      woah mine is exsactly the same only it's branded Tower www.flickr.com/photos/fireflymine/4329031202/

    11. John Kratz 63 months ago | reply

      Yes, Tower was Sears' brand name for the cameras they sold (as in the Sears Tower). Sears didn't actually manufacture the cameras, but they sold cameras made by many different makers who would put the Tower name on them.
      I have a couple of Tower cameras in my collection.

    12. ☆★ picturemaker ★☆ 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called green cameras only !, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. Jaszmurka 58 months ago | reply

      impresing collection ♥

    14. EssGee Photography™ 57 months ago | reply

      Very familiar with this camera during the late 50's. Several Imperial models were given out as incentive gifts for opening a new bank account. My family did not have extra money, so that is how I got my cameras. We would be continually opening and closing bank accounts. And I did have this one. I remember that Color/B&W switch was very hard to move.

    15. W_Thomas 56 months ago | reply

      i just bought one of these from an antique shop in the adirondacks. the switch on the side for the shutter is a little sticky, but i think it should be operational after a little work. good job with this!!!! and thanks for all the information!!

    16. Ela Locke 49 months ago | reply

      nice camera! thanks for the information!

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