The Utility Mfg. Co. was founded in New York in 1934. They offered several camera lines including folding cameras and box cameras. In 1941 it was bought by Spartus Corp., and moved to Chicago. Read more about Spartus at Camerapedia

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Spartus Press Flash

Description Bakelite box camera. Avdertised in April 1939 under both Spartus Press Flash (Utility Mfg. Co.) and Falcon Press Flash names. First camera to have a built-in flash reflector. Historically significant and interesting from a design standpoint.
Year 1939-1950
Film Size 120
Value $8 - $15
Acquired September 18, 1999. Purchased at Underwood Antique Mall in Mason, Texas for $37.71.
Sample Photos

Old Red Courthouse, JFK Memorial Dallas TX June 29, 2011