Official Girl Scout 620 Camera

In the 1950s, the Herbert George Company of Chicago, Illinois produced an official Girl Scout camera. Many Boy Scout cameras were produced throughout the mid-1900s, but few models were made for the female scouts. This easy-use 620 box style camera used an eye-level viewfinder and featured the Girl Scout logo on its faceplate.
From its invention in 1839, the camera has evolved to fit many needs, from aerial to underwater photography and everything in between. Cameras allow both amateur and professional photographers to capture the world around us. The Smithsonian’s historic camera collection includes rare and unique examples of equipment, and popular models, related to the history of the science, technology, and art of photography.
Currently not on view
Object Name
camera, box
Camera, box
date made
ca 1950s
associated institution
Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Herbert George Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 10 cm x 7.5 cm x 9 cm; 3 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 3 9/16 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:42:31 AM
I had one like this and earned my photography badge with it. It was easy to use and took great pictures.
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