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Ingento "Sure Shot" flash lamp
Donated by Bruce Vaughan

Ingento "Sure Shot" flash lampManufactured by Burke & James of Chicago, the Ingento "Sure Shot" flash lamp used chemical powder to produce a burst of light to assist a photographer taking a picture in low-light situations.

The Sure Shot is fired by pushing a button on the handle which moves a lever on the tray. The lever strikes a small flint, throwing sparks and igniting the powder.

Burke & James was founded in 1897 by Henry Burke and David James. The company specialized in budget-priced photographic equipment, but also made other products such as paper cutters.

George Drucker bought out Burke & James in the early 1920s. Here is a patent filed by Drucker in 1929 for a similar flash lamp.

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