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Art Deco Cameras


Here are the Art Deco Pouva cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.

I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.

RatingArt Deco Credentials
star star star star starIconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated
star star star starSignificant: Pronounced and self evident
star star starNoteworthy: Worth giving special attention
star starAcceptable: Modest and restricted
starLimited: Minor and insubstantial


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Start (first model)
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Start (in white)


The company first produced simple slide projectors. From 1951 simple medium format cameras for 120 roll film, such as the Pouva Start, were added to the portfolio. The Karl Pouva product made it possible for children and adolescents to gain initial access to photography. Slightly modified versions of the Pouva Start were licensed in Poland, Hungary and by Hamaproduced in Germany and brought to the market. In 1953 the simple slide projector Pouva Magica made of black bakelite was added. This projector was produced almost unchanged for about 30 years until the 1980s.