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Brownie Chiquita Camera
Camara Brownie Chiquita
Camara Brownie Chiquita Flash

Brownie Chiquita Camera and Camara Brownie Chiquita

Type: Solid body eyelevel rollfilm
Introduced: 1957
Discontinued: 1964
Film size: 127
Picture size: 1 5/8 X 2 1/2"
Manufactured: in Rochester, NY
Manufactured: for Brazil
Lens: Dakon
Shutter: Rotary
Numbers made: ?
Original price: ?


Description:
The Brownie Chiquita Camera and Camara Brownie Chiquita are exact copies of the Brownie Holiday camera. These were manufactured in Brazil for the Brazilian and South American market. Both cameras have a moulded black plastic body with white, cream, or grayish controls.

Variations:
Because of it's inconsistent faceplate, I've listed it with two names:
Brownie Chiquita Camera and Camara Brownie Chiquita. Additionally, there was a synchronized model named Camara Brownie Chiquita Flash.
I can't find very much reliable documentation about these cameras, however, from the infomation I can find I think that the Camara Brownie Chiquita with a round Kodak logo, as printed on the faceplate which is riveted onto the camera, is the more common model. The rarer Brownie Chiquita Camera has a screwed-on faceplate without a Kodak logo.

Fun Facts:
This is an example of a Brownie being manufactured in a none-English speaking country, copied from a model being made in both the US and in the specific country, and renamed for marketing purposes. I have no proof but I'll bet that the explaination for the name change from Brownie Chuquita Camera to Camara Brownie Chuquita may be because of where the faceplates were made. Maybe the first faceplates came from the US, hence the use of the word "Camera" instead of "Camara"? I'm still looking for the answer to this.

Exact Copies Of This Camera With Different Names:
Brownie Bullet - This is a promotional or "premium" camera.
Brownie Holiday - This is the original name used for retail sales.

Arthur Hunt Crapsey, Jr (1919-1998) designed the Brownie Holiday, from which these cameras were copied. He also designed many other models for Kodak. Find our more information about this talented designer on camerapedia.






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