Upcycling Old Camera's

on Wednesday, 16 July 2014. Posted in News

Total Reuse have added a new product to its lighting range: Camlamclock's. Using old box camera's, clock mechanism's and a range of lighting elements we have created some bedside table lights that prolong the life-cycle of the component parts.

Back in the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's a number of company's produced cheap box cameras to bring photography to the masses.

The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 and celluloid in 1889,His first camera, the 'Kodak', was introduced in 1888. A simple box camera with a fixed-focus lens and single shutter speed, which along with its relatively low price appealed to the average customer. This early version came pre-loaded with with enough film for 100 exposures that needed to be sent back to the factory for processing and reloading. By the end of 19th Century he had introduced several models including both box and folding cameras. This type oc camera remained extremely popular until the 1960's.

The team though it was a shame that so many were now simply ornaments and wondered how we could give them a new lease of life. We came up with the idea of converting them to bedside table lights. During the re-manufacture of the prototype we realised you could also fit a standard quartz clock mechanism into the front of some of them creating two options: The Camlamp and the Camlamclock.