The Imperial Savoy was produced between 1956 and 1965 by Chicago based Imperial Camera Corp. The Imperial Camera Corp was previously called the Herbert George Camera Co, founded by Herbert Well and George Israel in 1945, they changed their name to Imperial Camera Corp in 1961, and the Imperial Savoy was one of the first 6×6 cameras they produced under the new name.
The Savoy takes 620 roll film, giving 12 6×6 exposures. 620 film is pretty much identical to 120 film with the exception that the spool it’s wound around has thinner ends, making the roll of film shorter. It’s possible to re-spool 120 film onto a 620 spool and it’ll fit the camera fine. This can be done yourself or re-spooled 120 film is available on line.
The Savoy was one of the first cameras to be made in several colors: blue, green, gray, black red and tan – which is for sale here.
Being made during the early days of the space race the Savoy is decorated with graphics of satellites and grills on the aluminum face plate and molded fins on the top and down the back. The Savoy is a simple plastic box camera, the plastic lens is fixed focus and there are no exposure controls. The shutter is operated by a single spring which depending on how fast you press the shutter button depends on how fast the shutter opens and closes.
This camera is in overall very good vintage condition. The shutter works great. There are some ink marks on the right side. Normal scuffs and scratches but very minor. The viewfinder is a little dusty. There is a also a small hairline crack near the shutter button. It still has the handle attached.
This camera has NOT been tested and is being sold AS IS - NO REFUNDS.
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