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The Collectors: Vintage Super 8 Cameras

Aug 19, 2009

by rikrak

I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the first in an ongoing series here on The Storque: The Collectors. First presented on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!). Hope you’ll just love these vintage super 8 cameras with the wonderful Chakra Pennywhistle!

‘Tis the season to record all of the wonderful things going on around us! This month the Etsy Handmade Moment video contest deadline is fast approaching (August 31). So here’s a collection interview to inspire us!

Who (are you?): Rikkianne (Chakra Pennywhistle)

What (are you collecting?): Vintage Super 8 Cameras

When (did you start?): About 8 or 9 years ago.

How (many do you have?): 23

Where (do you find them?): Local thrifts and antique stores.

Where (do you keep them?): They are placed on a book shelf in my living room.

What(‘s an interesting story behind one?): Lots of them still have film in them! Someday we plan to get a projector and check them out.

What (piece would you like to add?): I want to find one in an odd color.

Why (do you love them?): It is actually a collection that my husband and I share. He loves them just as much as I do.

What (else do you collect?): Vintage Vera Neumann scarves. I have over 300 of them!

Which (camera is your favourite?): This one was my Grandfather’s. My Grandfather loved films. He loved recording and fiddling with all things film related. That camera was one of his treasures.

Oh I just adore this gorgeous collection, Rikkianne! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I also adore Chakra Pennywhistle‘s beautiful handmade creations and her eco-forward style. Her integration of gorgeous, vintage textiles, and newer organic materials helps make her beautiful accessories, for your home, your children, or your self, simply divine, not to mention, wonderfully eco-conscious! She’s been an inspiration to me for as long as I’ve known her (we first met through the wonderful EcoEtsy Team!). I’m inspired by how she incorporates sustainable design and business practices into her beautiful work, blog and life. Plus… she’s a wonderful, generous, kind soul! How splendid!

Hope you’ll find something she’s made that you might like to add to your own collection of wonderful goodies:


By chakrapennywhistle, $50.

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By chakrapennywhistle, $7.

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What do you collect? Post in the comments below!

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Vintage Fujita Eight 8mm Movie Camera 1961
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NEW Hasselblad Hoody Men or Women- Unisex
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UPCYCLED Red VINTAGE Train Case with a BIPLANE ready for a quote and college
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RETRO CAMERA ROBOT SERIES original art photo set of three 8x10s FREE US SHIPPING
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9 MOVIE CAMERA DRAWINGS - Limited Edition Print A3
LEGO Video Camera Necklace -FREE GIFT BAG
LEGO Video Camera Necklace -FREE GIFT BAG
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Joie de Vivre - Gocco Printed Cinema Notebook
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vintage super 8 video camera movie geek unisex MESSENGER \/ LAPTOP BAG
Lunastrella Super 8 Camera Print 8 in x12 in
Lunastrella Super 8 Camera Print 8 in x12 in
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Tie Tack - Take Five Movie Board


  • RockPaperSilver

    RockPaperSilver said 7 years ago

    How fun! It is so true...what you collect is an insight to your soul and what inspires you. Very cool that this passion can be share with hubby!

  • PrimaryRedux

    PrimaryRedux said 7 years ago

    Lovely images. Artsy and CircaCeramics always a visual treat!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Visually stimulating! And I just LOVE your "Circle the Date Patches"!

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 7 years ago

    They're really beautiful objects, aren't they? I love that first image of the wall of cameras.

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    oh wowwww. I'm jealous of that collection! Nicely displayed too!

  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 7 years ago

    i love all these super 8 cameras. great collection. thank you for sharing.

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 7 years ago

    very cool collection, all we seem to be collecting around our house these days are toys

  • tangente

    tangente said 7 years ago

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that collects Vintage Vera Neumann scarves :)

  • rntn

    rntn said 7 years ago

    l ever to used it super 8 cameras long time ago i think it very classic of my life :)

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 7 years ago

    I'm also a collector, no cameras but carafe :D

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones said 7 years ago

    Great post Rikkibana!!!

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 7 years ago

    Cool collection. I love how they have the cameras displayed in their house. My collection would never be that neat and organized! The only thing I have ever been able to consistently collect is stamps from the Caribbean. I like ones that feature flowers or colorful aquatic creatures. One day I'll do something artistic with my collection and display them nicely.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

    picture this ~ nice display in the background and cute pics!

  • jsimone

    jsimone said 7 years ago

    Awesome cameras, very nice display

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great collection of vintage cameras!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 7 years ago

    What a great collection! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 7 years ago

    As if I didn't already think that chakrapennywhistle was too cool for too, rikrak! xo

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 7 years ago

    ***GASP!*** Those cameras are so cool! ^_^

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    Very cool collection!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Cool! Now I want to collect those! No, I'll leave them for you. They sure look neat! Thanks

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 7 years ago

    I love cameras - great collection

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 7 years ago

    Wow, cool series!!! Rikkianne truly is a "wonderful, generous, kind soul"!! Thanks for sharing your fascinating collection. I am so inspired by your immaculate display system!

  • thevintageholicfrog

    thevintageholicfrog said 7 years ago

    this is a great article! i collect frog brooches and typewriters ;)

  • capitalcitycrafts

    capitalcitycrafts said 7 years ago

    what great fun!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    Love this...I love to collect old photos and postcards. Besides belts :)

  • sneakyvintage

    sneakyvintage said 7 years ago

    I collect vintage purses. Vintage suitcases. Vintage books. Vintage housewares. Vintage jewelery. Vintage electronics (radios and cameras). Basically - pretty old things!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    We have several vintage cameras in our home. They are family treasures. I totally remember my very first Polaroid; can't remember what happened to it, but I remember how fun it was using it with friends.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Those Super 8s are displayed beautifully. How lucky they are to have built in book shelves! Aside from collecting antique textiles and the vintage fabrics that are used in my art quilts and Etsy shops work, I have a real, longtime love affair with early 19th century English ceramics, c. 1820-1850s, especially Romantic Staffordshire transferware and collected well before it became fashionable. It's not just a middle-age mom kind of antique, either. Timeless beauty, good design & quality endure. Just about every room in house has some: plate groupings on walls, mantle, shelves. The scenic vignettes provide an instant vacation & draw the mind into mythical places with stories to tell.

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 7 years ago

    My boyfriend is a photographer i couldn't move him from my computer while he was reading this article!! lol

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 7 years ago

    That's a cool thing to collect!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 7 years ago

    YESSSSSSSSS sooo good

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    Nothing like collecting to open your eyes to the variations of one object. I'm having my first sale!!!come visit my STASH IT collection

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    glad there are others out there that like camera's, Me Too!!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    yeeeeeaaaah!! sweeet!!

  • LadyGrungeVintique

    LadyGrungeVintique said 7 years ago

    I love the way they are displayed! It reminds me of an oversided modern print on your wall. Now I am inspired to starting a couple collecting hobby with my husband!

  • riorita

    riorita said 7 years ago

    I collect lots of stuff. I love old Hannuka lamps. One problem though, with this display of cameras - you have to wipe off the dust every once in a while.

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 7 years ago

    Love the display and I have a Brownie just like her grandfathers, it is a sweet camera!

  • KnitStorm

    KnitStorm said 7 years ago

    So cool! I love that this article was written about and by EcoEtsy members too! You gals are great!

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 7 years ago

    What an impressive collection! I must found an old Brownie...would like so much to try TTV photo!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Super collection! I love this new series!

  • cravejewelrydesign

    cravejewelrydesign said 7 years ago

    very cool!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    stunning collection! I need more shelves!

  • alexkeller

    alexkeller said 7 years ago

    look at you famous people :) and i can say that you are both super cool!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Love vintage cameras! Hi RikRak ;)

  • jenharruff

    jenharruff said 7 years ago

    This was a wonderful article! I love the collection, it's so interesting to see how the camera has changed so much over the years.

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 7 years ago

    Great article! Awesome collection!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    I collect glass bird ornaments--the kinds that clip on to the tree branches. My goal is to have a Xmas tree covered entirely with these birds! Love the cameras displayed on the shelves!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    We have my family's super 8 and we watch the movies sometimes, they are so funny. Thanks for sharing, love your work.

  • pinkbuffalo

    pinkbuffalo said 7 years ago

    Love vintage cameras! I myself collect Arguses and Duaflexes for my ttv photos. :)

  • chakrapennywhistle

    chakrapennywhistle said 7 years ago

    Thanks everybody! We absolutely love the cameras. It is so much fun to read about all the other neat collections out there! I can't wait to see more :) Thank you Etsy and of course the amazing rikrak!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 7 years ago

    Great to see this collection....I have a Super 8 camera that I bought in San Francisco in '97 at a photo store's garage sale for $50. Not only did I shoot with it, but I had the film transferred to video, edited myself w/graphics and music, and then aired it on TechTV when I worked there as Design Director. Most of the footage was my Super 8 shoot of Alcatraz, combined with Hi-8 footage that I shot around the city and directly off my TV playing the 1958 jazz film, 'Jazz on a Summer's Afternoon'. It's still one of my favorite pieces on my demo reel!

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane said 7 years ago

    love the display

  • BellaVintageANDmore

    BellaVintageANDmore said 7 years ago

    I love to see collections creatively displayed rather than cluttered. This is a very nice display and the organization adds to the beauty of the collection. Great job and interesting article! Thanks!

  • fatalefemme

    fatalefemme said 7 years ago

    ack! I've recently fallen in love with super 8 films, and have been combing my thrift here for one. Lucky.

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Thanks....glassware, bar, and drinking glasses are fun collectibles I like to sell and keep!

  • tinycharm

    tinycharm said 7 years ago

    I'd love to get my hands on one of those!

  • MrFilthyRotten

    MrFilthyRotten said 7 years ago

    Love the article! I'm always interested in hearing about other people's collections. What a super way (no pun intended ; ) to display them. The cameras look like works of art! Love it!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 7 years ago

    aww so cool all the camaras :D

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    I love vintage cameras... someday we are going to say what is film!!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 7 years ago

    Wow, where did I put those vintage cameras I owned!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Wow! I've got only ONE! lol And it is the one that I use for photographing my items in shops ^^

  • LuminousMom

    LuminousMom said 7 years ago

    love it... what a fun display! I collect yellow depression glass and thats what I do it for more than anything is for the gorgeous way it displays

  • mixeralex

    mixeralex said 7 years ago

    Hi Love the cameras Come see what I have in store Thanks Alex

  • SuppliesHandcrafted

    SuppliesHandcrafted said 7 years ago

    Great, fun article!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • uncorked

    uncorked said 7 years ago

    love this article and love Rikkianne and hubby's amazing collection!

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    wonderful! very creatively and tastefully done :o)

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 7 years ago

    a great idea for a series - I'd love to see the scarves!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    I have a collection of regular 8mm cameras and I love them! I use them for decoration because I love all the different versions they made back then. I'm glad to see all this camera stuff. Love it.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 7 years ago

    Great collection!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    great article... i have a love of old polaroid cameras. my heart is broken over the fact that polaroid had decided to discontinue their film. boooooooo!

  • spirocreations

    spirocreations said 7 years ago

    Oh man...this couples collection made me drool! I love shooting super 8 and have a few cameras of my own...

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 7 years ago

    Won't it be interesting to find out what is on all of that film?!?

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 7 years ago

    Very cool!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Awesome article, love the pics.

  • vintagehaut

    vintagehaut said 7 years ago

    Sweet collection and display.It shows your creative side ...thus explains your love for the photograph and eguiptment....I just purchased an large collection of mid century modern cameras which includes several super 8's..I will post a few for your interest.Thanks for sharing...

  • lilfishstudios

    lilfishstudios said 7 years ago

    Beautiful collection and so wonderfully displayed! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  • emmarts

    emmarts said 7 years ago

    Cool collection - woohoo rikrak!

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 7 years ago

    Two of THE sweetest Etsians ever!!! Great article ladies :) I love seeing homes and faces of etsy sellers I adore! More please :)

  • filmmonsters

    filmmonsters said 7 years ago

    Fantastic collection. I love the article! Thank you for including us.

  • revelry

    revelry said 7 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection. I'm an avid camera collector. Old, new, used, broken, whatever. Just love having them around. I also own a super 8 camera and reminds me of my college days when I would have to trek into NYC from NJ to get my film developed at Rafik, which seemed to be the only place around the developed Super 8 at the time.

  • tanisalexis

    tanisalexis said 7 years ago

    mega "Woo-Hoo's" your way ladies! You're both so darn fantastic and totally inspiring. keep it up!!! :)

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 7 years ago

    I love old cameras to! Thanks for the dispaly ideas looks so tres chic!!!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    wow, what a nice display of your collection, looks like a mag cover!

  • herbanlifestyle

    herbanlifestyle said 7 years ago

    What a cool idea for a blog post series. I love old cameras, too, so this one was very inspiring. Great photos, too!

  • GetReadySetGO

    GetReadySetGO said 7 years ago

    i am speechless! not only is that THE coolest wall of collectibles i've ever seen but it's also of one of THE SWEETEST girl's home! and i am in the list on top of it all?!?! you ladies make me blush. i love everything about this article. camera's are high up on my list of things i LOVE. thanks for writing sharing and thanks for making GRSG a part:) xox.

  • kimquinndotcom

    kimquinndotcom said 7 years ago

    Great collection!!! How cool do those cameras look on the wall!? It would be great to see the old film, Thanks, KIm

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 7 years ago

    I am always held captive by the tiny, layered pinging of music boxes. I take them out of jewelry boxes or snow globes or wherever I find them, and then line my prizes up on the bookshelf.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    very nicley displayed. a collection looks best when it's not too cluttered. well done!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

    Beautiful collection, display and selection! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • GreenPost

    GreenPost said 7 years ago

    Great place to start with this series- love chakrapennywhistle's style!(cute haircut & husband, too!) It's fun to see what people collect and I can't wait to follow this series rikrak!! Thanks! I'll keep an eye out for cameras for you ;)

  • Ulixis

    Ulixis said 7 years ago

    i love this blog idea - seeing what others collect is so inspiring! i'm building a collection of Marcrest Swiss Alpine dishes. :)

  • stringmealong

    stringmealong said 7 years ago

    Great article, rikrak!! I love this collection of cameras.

  • minouette

    minouette said 7 years ago

    Hey rikrak! Hope to see many more articles in this series. Fascinating stuff. :)

  • retrothreadz

    retrothreadz said 7 years ago

    Serious awesome blog, Love those cameras

  • hisocietyjewelry

    hisocietyjewelry said 7 years ago

    Nice collection and display, very clean. I collect too much: sheet music, music albums from the 60's, clothes, quilt tops, kitchen utensils, tins, stones, sewing material and accessories, chairs, maps, etc. I could go on all day. My new vintage shop will help me to disperse some of these things, I hope. I do have a very old camera I acquired lately from my family, but don't know exactly what kind it is (it's put up). I even have a storage rental that I use.

  • janssendesigns

    janssendesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! I love to see what people collect! Rikkianne's Vera scarf collection sounds incredible too! I only have about 20 of those! I think collecting is in the genes-my father is a huge collector of antique carpentry tools.

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    My sister has been into photography since she was a teen, She has created portraits of nature such as a splendid lightning strike zig zagging across a stormy sky behind a beached wooden boat and I followed her artistic behaviour sketching the boat and placing this art on my business cards. Cameras are very much a rich, intrinsic part of American and other where histories

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 7 years ago

    freakin' fantastic!! you are so cool rikkianne:) are all artistic types collectors?? do we hoard cool things for inspiration or what?

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 7 years ago

    that camera display is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time. I want to collect now!

  • MaryZoom

    MaryZoom said 7 years ago

    I love, love, LOVE the way you display your cameras. It will sure be fun seeing what's on the film!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 7 years ago

    Yay, Rikianne! I love this idea - looking forward to more interviews!

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 7 years ago

    Fantastic collection. Wonderful blog too rikrak! I look forward to seeing more in this series, the Etsy community are such an amazing bunch of people and I bet they have the best collections tucked away!

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  • Shabbylull

    Shabbylull said 7 years ago

    Hi, Love your collction!! Thanks rikrak for including my film reels shabbylull

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 6 years ago

    Incredible collection! Wow...

  • modernbeads

    modernbeads said 6 years ago

    Super duper fun!!!

  • bijoulerie

    bijoulerie said 6 years ago

    My BF collects cameras. Wish we had such a nice way to display them!

  • Dramatrauma

    Dramatrauma said 6 years ago

    Chakra have you found a place that deveolps the film you find in the cameras? I have a freinds thats still looking for a place to develop his.

  • ApophisCraftWorks

    ApophisCraftWorks said 6 years ago

    Great collection! I have a Zenit "Kinoflex" and a Sankyo with boom mike. They both work like new; I consider them for as functional cameras than collectibles. I also have a killer Krasnogorsk 16mm movie camera with a bunch of attachments. Breaking them out is like turning of the pc and grabbing a book!

  • arsenica

    arsenica said 6 years ago

    the dream!!

  • LePassions

    LePassions said 6 years ago

    Woowoo!! I LOVE cameras! Great collection Chakra! We have something in common, my hubby and I also enjoy have a passion for cameras and photography. I have also turned my children onto cameras, nothing like a family affair.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    Cute Stuff - Love it! TheIDConnection

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