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Icon: Kodak Bantam Special

The Bantam Special was a glorious exception to Kodak’s generally consumer-oriented camera lines. Styled by famous industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague in 1936, the Bantam Special is one of the finest examples of art-deco styling applied to any camera design. The Bantam Special had a 1937 list price of $110.00, targeting the affluent and fashionable set.

Walter Dorwin Teague was an American industrial designer and writer. In New York a group of individuals including Teague, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy and Henry Dreyfuss began to establish industrial design as an independent occupation, promoted by the foundation of the American Union of Decorative Artists and Craftsmen in 1927. Later, in 1944, the Society of Industrial Designers was founded with Teague as its first President.

Kodak Bantam Special, by Walter Dorwin Teague for Kodak


Thursday, June 18th, 2009


Possible Furniture by Robert Stadler
Horizontal House by Eastern Design Office., Inc

 

4 Responses to
“Icon: Kodak Bantam Special”

  1. shaun Says:

    Great photo’s glad we have digital cameras now lol, although there is a beauty fine crafted old products which you don’t get with todays equipment.

  2. Leaflet distribution Says:

    I'd love to add this to my collection. Nice for deco

  3. stella Says:

    i have one

  4. neil g Says:

    i have a beautiful mint example of this wonderful camera. it includes the filters and a hard pigskin like square box case to hold the camera and accessories. it is made to fit the camera perfectly and has a matching pigskin like bottom case for the camera only with carry strap.
    if anyone has seen this case or knows about it, please reply. i can't find anything about it in the literature?

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