"Bantam Special" Camera Designer: Walter Dorwin Teague (American, 1883–1960)
Designer: Chester William Crumrine (American, 1889–1952)
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company (American, founded 1892)

Designed 1936; manufactured 1936–40

American Decorative Arts

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design


Enameled and chromium-plated aluminum, steel, glass, plastic and paperboard


camera: 3 3/16 × 4 7/8 × 1 3/4 in. (8.1 × 12.4 × 4.5 cm)

Credit Line

John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, B.A. 1959

Accession Number



20th century


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John C. Waddell, New York, 1986–2010; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • "Acquisitions," https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).
  • John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 303, no. 208.
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"MADE IN U.S.A. BY EASTMAN KODAK CO. ROCHESTER N.Y.” stamped and printed on lens body; “KODAK / BANTAM SPECIAL / MADE IN U.S.A. BY / EASTMAN KODAK CO. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.,” molded in high relief on interior of hinged front panel; “5247145,” on side of lens; “USE KODAK FILM / PANATOMIC F-828 / KODACHROME K-828 / SUPER x x-828 / It gets the Picture / No. 60556 [vertical],” printed in black on white sticker with blue border affixed to inside of back panel; “PAT. IN U.S.A. 2,027,333 / DES.90589 2,039,709 / des.99906 2,039,737 / 1,356,595 2,043,926 / 1,610,153 2,043,968 / 1,682,813 2,047,257 / 1,997,332 2,054,035 / 1,997,333 / [illegible] ED IN U.S.A. NO. 60557,” printed in black on yellow sticker with blue border affixed to inside of back panel

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