Official Girl Scout 620 Camera - Herbert George
Camera Co. Chicago, IL. c 1959
Herbert Weil and George Israel founded The Herbert George Camera
Company in 1945.
I bet they considered calling their company The Weil Israel Camera
Company for a
second or two before moving on to Herbert George.
Herbert and George made about thirty camera models before selling the
company in 1961.
Eleven models were "official" and all of them were associated with
Scouts. They also produced
Donald Duck, Roy Rogers and Davy Crockett cameras but they weren't
Herb and George made a habit of sticking different labels on identical
cameras. The cameras all
smell the same. Yes, I do
smell cameras. I know it's odd but I don't care.
I've never seen an unofficial
Girl Scout Camera. If there's one out there, I'm sure it's valuable.
I don't collect official things of any kind. I don't care if my
car has an official Boston Red Sox muffler. I have no desire for
a box of official Oprah Winfrey chocolates. Although I've been
tempted, I did resist the urge to buy a pair of official
Sandra Bullock high heels in size 12. The Official Girl Scout 620
Camera clutters my house because there was a roll of film in it.
Photographs often substitute for "real" memories. Many of my long
gone acquaintances are remembered
through photographs of them and their times. I don't remember what I
was like when I was ten
but I have photos of me at that age. When I look at them I see
what my life was like eons ago.
I get glimpses of memory.
Memories are not clear. They are flimsy things. Sometimes they wash
through your dreams and you are
amazed at the insignificant thoughts you awake with.