November 2018: Graflex Speed Graphic Camera
The FBI’s November 2018 Artifact of the Month is a Graflex Speed Graphic Camera, originally produced in 1912 by Gralfex and upgraded in 1947. This camera was manufactured until 1973.
The Graflex Speed Graphic Camera was used by many U.S. press photographers until the mid-1960s and was used by the FBI for a variety of purposes, to include aerial shots, crime scene photos, evidence photos, photographing fingerprints and footprints, photographing tire tracks, and portrait photos.
This specific camera has a barcode affixed to it, indicating it was owned by the government, and is currently owned and displayed internally by the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office official photographer. This specific camera was used by the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office.