Kodak Bullet Camera

Kodak Bullet Camera

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Description (Brief)
Special edition souvenir “Bullet” camera sold at the Eastman-Kodak Pavilion at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. The camera’s faceplate features the Fair’s dominant architectural features, The Trylon and the Perisphere.
The Trylon was a 610 foot triangular pylon, and the Perisphere a massive globe, 180 feet in diameter. A 950 foot ramp known as the Heliceline connected the two, and together, the three features constituted the Fair’s “Theme Center.” Images of the Trylon and Perisphere were used as logos for the Fair, and were featured on an abundance of souvenir items.
At the Fair, the “Bullet” camera sold for $2.25. Fairgoers also had the option of buying a Kodak “Brownie” camera for $2.75. After purchasing their cameras, visitors could take advantage of the Kodak-Photo Garden, which featured a number of snapshot ready tableaux as well as views of some of the Fair’s most interesting features.
During its run, the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair attracted nearly 45 million people to its site in Flushing Meadows. At the Fair, visitors were introduced to advancements in such technologies as television, color photography, synthetic materials and robotics, as well as a wide variety of consumer goods and entertainments.
Object Name
camera, Kodak Bullet
Date made
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Place Made
United States: New York, Queens
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York City
United States: New York, Queens
Physical Description
plastic (part material)
metal (part material)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in x 2 3/8 in; 12.065 cm x 3.175 cm x 6.0325 cm
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Credit Line
The Larry Zim World's Fair Collection
Expositions and Fairs
Expositions and Fairs
New York World's Fair (1939)
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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