Camera cost 39 cents in 1933, captures California junkyard
As I continue to document my junkyard travels with an ever-growing array of film cameras from the 1900-1966 period, my recently-acquired ability to cut down no-longer-obtainable weird film sizes from 120 film (still available after 117 years of production) means that I can branch out into really oddball film formats. Say, UniveX 00, a 32mm roll film sold by a sketchy New York company for use in a series of super-cheap cameras. I have documented Colorado wrecking yards with a zinc-bodied UniveX Minicam and a Bakelite-made UniveX Model A, and I brought the Model A with me to California when I traveled to work the Arse Freeze-a-Palooza 24 Hours of Lemons race.
This camera has a Bakelite body and zinc film-winding gear, with a simple shutter mechanism (I'm guessing it shoots at about 1/25th of a second shutter speed) and fixed focus. It was sold by the millions, and we can be sure that many Ford Model As were photographed with UniveX Model As.
Each roll of 32mm film had to be cut by hand and taped to pre-marked backing paper, then rolled onto the strange-looking UniveX film spools, all in total darkness. Each roll is good for six photographs, and changing rolls in a junkyard environment can be challenging.
I shot two rolls on the UniveX Model A at an Oakland self-service yard, and the resulting 12 images may be seen in the gallery, above. If you need more old-cameras-in-junkyards galleries (and who doesn't?), I'm adding a few below.