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Olympus O-Product Pocket Camera

This is a Camera. It is dated 1988 and we acquired it in 1999. Its medium is aluminum, plastic, glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Olympus O-Product Pocket, a 35mm point and shoot compact camera with a detachable strobe unit, introduced a hard aluminum casing to personal cameras when it launched in 1988. This type of casing eventually became an international standard for hand-held cameras within the consumer market. Issued as a limited edition of 20,000 — 10,000 units were available in Japan and 10,000 were sold overseas — the miniature import was a compact size and the detachable flash made it easily portable. The unique, bold geometric form, circles within a square, is reminiscent of designs from the 1930s.

This object was donated by Max Pine. It is credited Gift of Max Pine.

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Its dimensions are

a / c assembled) 10.2h x 14.6w x 5.5d cm (4 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/16 in. )

Cite this object as

Olympus O-Product Pocket Camera; Japan; aluminum, plastic, glass; a / c assembled) 10.2h x 14.6w x 5.5d cm (4 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/16 in. ); Gift of Max Pine; 1999-53-20-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects.

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