Hopalong Cassidy Camera
The Hopalong Cassidy Camera was a novelty themed box camera produced as merchandise for the popular series of Hopalong Cassidy films and television programs.
The character of Hopalong Cassidy was a cowboy created in 1904 by the American author Clarence E. Mulford. He appeared in a series of short stories and full-length novels before transferring to the silver screen in the 1935 film ‘Hop-Along Cassidy’.
Cassidy was played by the actor William Boyd, and appeared in 66 films which ran up until 1948. Boyd had purchased the rights to the character along with the back-catalogue of films in 1944, and in 1949 sold agreed a deal with the television network NBC to produce a T.V series. The feature films were quickly re-edited to a shorter length, and Hopalong Cassidy became the world’s first Western television series.
A radio show soon followed, and the character became nationally famous. Cassidy (played by Boyd) appeared on magazine covers, and was licensed for millions of dollars worth of merchandising. He was the first character to appear on a lunchbox, and Boyd made millions from a vast array of Cassidy tie-in products ranging from watches and bed-sheets to plates and toys.
Hopalong Cassidy cameras
The Hopalong Cassidy cameras were 120mm box cameras produced by the Galter Products Company in 1940. They feature an image of Cassidy riding his horse Topper on the left-hand side of the lens, and a circular portrait of him on the lower-right-hand side.
How much is a Hopalong Cassidy Camera worth?
Cameras in good condition are sought after by collectors. In working order, complete with their boxes intact, they can sell for between $100 and $200 depending on the condition.
Examples without their original packaging can still sell for between $50 and $100 if in working order.