Erac - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Erac

1938

Erac Selling Co.

London

England

Image of Erac

Lens:
Meniscus.

Shutter:
Single speed.

Construction:
The internal camera has a metal body, the outer casing is thermoplastic.

Format:
18 x 18 mm exposures on P.40 roll-film, 21 mm wide.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Automatic film-advance.

With:

  • Two rolls of film.
  • One roll of film in box with 'Erac (1946) Camera Co.' address.

The Erac comprises a miniature camera, sold as the Merlin, enclosed in a plastic housing shaped roughly like a pistol. The Erac is described and illustrated in a patent (494527) issued to Harry Steward of Southend-on-Sea. The example shown here carries the patent number 379501 (other patents pending), that patent was issued in 1931 to Steward and Harry Covill, the camera described is also a pistol shaped device but is otherwise not related to the Erac.

The trigger release operates the shutter and advances the film via a large cogwheel.

The camera was sold under the name of Erac Automatic Pistol Camera or as the Erac Mercury I. The company was, at first, known as the Erac Selling Co. and later as the Erac (1946) Camera Co. located in Southend-on-Sea. The company was wound up in 1949.

References & Notes:
BP 494527/1937. Registered Design number 819906 (1937). Lon. Gaz. 24/4/1949.

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