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Mandel PDQ, Model H camera

The Mandel PDQ, Model H camera was manufactured by the PDQ camera company from approximately 1935 and continued to be marketed up to at least 1955. The PDQ camera company was a new name given to the Chicago Ferrotype company starting in the 1930s. PDQ is believed to be derived from the early days of Edward Anthony's detective camera which stood for Photography Done Quick. The Mandel PDQ, Model H was designed as a street camera for taking photos directly onto -super speed- paper using a direct-positive process. This process required no negatives or post processing chemicals to develop an image and photos were made in two minutes. Advertised as a profitable business, making photos for two cents and being able to sell for fifteen or twenty five cents, equating to over a 700% profit. The Model H was designed for taking 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches in size and 50 photographs could be taken with a single loading. The camera measures 4 1/2 x 5 x 10 inches and weighs six pounds.

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