Sunbeam "120" - Herold MFG. CO - Chicago IL c1953
The Sunbeam 120 gets my vote for the most
pleasant camera name of all time. Its twin brother, "The
Spartus 120" evokes images of Kirk Douglas slicing
with a big sword.
Both cameras make 6x9 images on 120 film and consist of
three components as shown above.
Cameras no longer have big Phillips-head screws in them.
Nor do they have tubular viewfinders.
They usually don't have names either. Just model
The quote marks surrounding the 120 are curious. I
wonder who came up with that idea.
Disregard the Kodak TMAX 100. Consider it a prop. The
photos below were done with Arista EDU 200, which is no
longer available, in Kodak HC110 (H) which still is,
until it isn't.
6x9 is a great format. You get through your roll much
faster and the larger size creates more opportunities
for quality variations within each exposure.
Of course this is more true when the film is exposed in
a crappy camera like The Sunbeam "120." It's less true
when exposed in a camera like The
Blue Moon Diner. Gardner, MA
Gardner is located off Rte. 2 in central Massachusetts.
It once was a noteworthy city, famous for furniture
While it's still located in the same place, the other
things I said about it are no longer true.
Rear Entrance to Blue Moon Diner
The Bowlaway. Gardner, MA
Bowling used to be very popular in New England. Many
variations of the game existed. Ten Pin. Candle Pin.
Duck Pin. Rubber Duck Pin.
People still bowl today but in far less numbers.
Landry Cleaners. Gardner, MA
Church. New Salem, MA
New Salem in located on Rte. 202. It's a very pretty
town in the middle of nowhere.
Graveyard Shed. New Salem, MA
New Salem Center
Silo. New Salem, MA