The Shure Shot Dollar Detective Camera was sold by Robt. H. Ingersoll & Bro. as part of the "Great Mail Order Bargain House" in circa 1896. This small wood box camera was sold as a complete photographic outfit and described as "not a toy, but a perfect camera". It was constructed of black walnut, finely polished, with the corners tight rounded and perfectly locked. The camera measured 3 x 3 x 4 inches. It was fitted with a meniscus lens and a simple instantaneous and time shutter controlled by a lever and button on the front. The camera captured 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch exposures on plates held in the rear of the camera. Either blue print or aristotype paper could be used. The outfit included: a printing frame, a Pkg. Hyposulphite soda, Pkg. card mounts, Pkg. ruby paper, Pkg dry plates, Pkg. dry developer, Pkg. blue paper, instruction book and camera. The complete outfit came packed in a strong wood box and sold for the amazing low price of $1.00!
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