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Purma Special Camera

This is a camera. It was designed by Raymond Loewy and manufactured by Beck and Thomas De La Rue and made for Purma Cameras Ltd.. It is dated 1937 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is bakelite (tm), acrylic, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This object was donated by Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor. It is credited Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 7 x 15.2 x 6.8 cm (2 3/4 x 6 x 2 11/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On face, upper left: "Made in England"; on lens: "BECK ANASTIGMATI. F-6 3 2 1/4"

Cite this object as

Purma Special Camera; Designed by Raymond Loewy (American, b. France, 1893–1986); Manufactured by Thomas De La Rue, Beck; Made for Purma Cameras Ltd.; England; bakelite (tm), acrylic, metal; H x W x D: 7 x 15.2 x 6.8 cm (2 3/4 x 6 x 2 11/16 in.); Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor; 1986-99-24

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