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.

Date Made: ca 1950s

Associated Institution: Girl Scouts of the United States of AmericaMaker: Herbert George Company

Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago

General Subject Association: Girl Scouts of the United States of America


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.0293.01Accession Number: 2001.0293Catalog Number: 2001.0293.1

Object Name: camera, boxCamera, box

Physical Description: metal (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 cm x 7.5 cm x 9 cm; 3 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 3 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_875966

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