My ca 1955 Kodak Brownie Movie Camera, model No. 82.
The VERY Fifties package design, front and back, of this Kodak movie camera. Attractive middle class white people—of course—were used to sell this relatively low-cost 8mm home movie camera. People of color in advertising? Pshaw, not until the mid 1970s at the earliest. At least they didn't have the woman bragging about how "easy" it was to use. They let the man say that and gave the line touting the quality of the filmed images to the woman.
I have very mixed feelings about my vintage items, and their place in our country's history. For one thing, as cool as the items are, and I have really cool things, lol, their marketing was almost universally white-centric. Gay awareness was not found either, not that it's found much in advertising even today. Women tended to get short shrift as well, unless it was a cooking or cleaning item. But that's the way it was. We can't forget that the "good old days" weren't really all that good unless you were a white man and had money, so that's one reason to keep everything the way I have. Nostalgia is one thing, but the blatant romanticism so many people indulge themselves with while remembering those earlier times needs to be tempered by the reality inherent in these vintage pieces and their marketing.
There is a pencil marking of "43.30" on the cardboard box—original price perhaps? I've found several on eBay for sale, with no bids on them yet, but I can't imagine they're worth much more than the kitsch factor. I have tons of home movies on film, and would love to have them digitized so I can view them—if I ever have any "disposable" income, lol. What is that, anyway? It's all disposed of as soon as I get it on food, rent and internet/phone/TV.