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126 film cassette, 110 film cassette or Minox film cassette

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126 film cassette

In 1963, Kodak introduced 126 film onto the market for its Instamatic cameras. 35mm film is inserted in one side of the cassette, and then wound a bit further along using a spool on the other side of the cassette after each photo is taken.

Did you know …

… unlike the 135 film roll, which can only be used once, you could keep reloading new film into the 126 film cassette after each use?

110 film cassette

The 110 film cassette is the 126 film cassette’s little brother, and fits in the more compact Pocket Instamatic cameras. It uses 16mm-wide, unperforated film. Even though Kodak stopped producing the 110 cameras, you can still find this photographic film in specialist stores.

Minox film cassette

The Minox camera and accompanying film cassette is even smaller, which is why it was called a spy camera. Who knows what content could be on this narrow film, just 8 mm wide…?


Used or not?

If you have a 110, 126 or Minox film cassette and are unsure whether the film has been used, take it to a photo lab where they’ll be able to tell you, and develop it for you if it has! Don’t try to open the cassette yourself – exposing the film to light would destroy any images.

Did you know …

… manufacturer Tyco introduced two miniature toy spy cameras onto the market in the 1990s? The Reese’s Camera looks like a candy box made by the US confectionery and peanut butter brand, Reese’s, and the Hidden Camera came with a removable cardboard cover sleeve with small cut-outs for the trigger button and front lens that made it resemble a Good & Plenty candy box.

Photo 126 Filmcassette, Anonymus60, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons, removed background
Photo 126 Filmcassette, Maddl79, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons, removed background
Photo 110 Filmcassette, Anonymus60, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons, removed background
Minox Fimcassette, Free Art Licence, Smial (FAL), removed background

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