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Vintage Camera Ads: Spring

Spring is finally here!  Here's a few of our favorite vintage Spring themed camera advertisements.

KEH Trading Phone Cards

We recently stumbled on a box of KEH "trading" phone cards. Come to find out, back in the mid 1990's we created these "Collectors Series" phone cards to give to customers so that they could call us and place orders since there was no free 1-800 number at the time. Six different cards were created including: The Rangefinder Collection: Leica IIIF, Contemporary Classics: Nikon F, The Subminiature Collection: Hit 16mm Subminiature, The Nostalgic Collection: Kodak Brownie Holiday Camera with Flash, The Antiques Collection: Rochester Optical Tele-Photo Cycle-Poco B, Exceptionally Rare: Zeiss Nettel Tropen.

In the Premier Issue (1996) of "The Classics Collection" catalog, we also offered them to customers to use how they like in exchange for feedback. There was a form included in the catalog where you could choose which card you wanted.

On the back of the cards, there is a sentence about each camera featured, and the phone card information.  This phone card was printed in a limited edition run of only 2,000.

There was also trivia information on the back.

- Built with the famed craftsmanship and attention to detail of Leica rangefinder cameras, the IIIF was the first Leica to include built-in flash sync.
- Built to withstand demanding use and backed by a full system of accessories, the Nikon F quickly became the favorite of photojournalists and is still widely used today.
- The classic of subminiature cameras, the Hit was usually ordered from ads on the back of comic books and was for many collectors their first camera.
- Marketed extensively for vacationing families, the classic styling from the 1950's makes this Kodak Brownie Holiday camera an attractive addition to any collection.
- Designed in the 1930's for use in the tropical jungle, the Zeiss Nettel Tropen is beautifully crafted from polished teak.
- African mahogany, Moroccan leather and ivory name plates show the quality and elegance of this turn-of-the-century jewel.

So now we're wondering, does anyone still have one of these?

Old Catalog Covers

We went digging to find a few of our old catalog covers and selected the ones below to share. (If you'd like to see any of them larger, just click on the image).

KEH 10th Anniversary (1979-1989)

Since it's almost summer, the funny baseball cover seems appropriate. 1992.


This one is not a cover, but an internal page that was too good not to share. 1987.

"The Classic Collection" Premier Issue Catalog, 1996.

Vintage Ads: Summer Part 1

It's Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., and to kick off a weekend of BBQs, pool openings, fun and sun, I present to you a summer-time activity themed set of vintage camera ads.

PS- We are off on Monday, so posting will resume on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend and don't forget the sunscreen!

Vintage Ads: Summer Part 2

Today is the official 1st day of Summer here. So, here's some more fun vintage camera ads (Summer themed of course), to get you in the hot weather spirit.



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