The Beaumat - Beauty Camera of Japan - c1960
crazy about "automatic" stuff in 1960. Automatic washers, automatic
The Beaumat is an "automatic" camera.
If something had the letters "auto," or "mat" or "matic," it was modern
and cool. This fact was not lost on Beauty camera.
The Beaumat is a classic example of using one of those letter
combinations to form a meaningless name for something.
"Beau ?" As in boyfriend ? "Beau" as in Beau Brummel ?
I'm guessing it's sort of a Japenglish name. English, being the insane
language that it is, produces multiple sounds for the same letter
"Beau" can be "bow" or it can be "byoo" as in "Beauty." So I guess this
camera could be a "Byoomat."
The rangefinder works great if you're taking pictures at noon during an
atomic weapon detonation. Otherwise it's as dim as my brother-in -law.
The selenium thing
around the lens feeds the match-needle meter pictured here. You frame
the photo and focus through the viewfinder. Then you lower the camera
and read the needle thing. Then you rotate either the shutter speed or
iris thing. Then you trip the shutter. See, automatic.
That's a very cool meter housing, isn't it ? It looks like a motorcycle
Why bother with a serial number ?
The film advance/shutter
mechanism has an odd quirk that's really a pain in the ass. After
you advance the film, you have to move the film advance back to
the position shown here. It's about a quarter inch. If you don't,
the shutter won't trip.
I forgot to do so twelve times when I used the Beaumat to shoot a
roll of twelve exposure Kodak Gold 200.
"Daddy, why does that man say those bad words before he takes a pitcher