Camera, ICA Icarette Model D


Accession Number: 2012.ast.15


Case with lock and strap containing flat, wide camera and key in zip lock bag. Opening on back of camera allows film to be loaded. Back also features small “autographic” window to inscribe information directly on the film. Front opens to allow lens to come forward approx. 20cm. On circumference of the lens increments from 4.5 to 32 are marked. Lens front has two circular dials, one marked “T,B,I” and other with five-pointed star and arrow with “1,2,5,10, 25,50,100,150” on circumference. Shutter release button on short cable attached to lens mount. Lens comes forward to “infinity” position, can be adjusted from there. On side along track for lens bone or ivory plaque marked “Feet” with increments: “6, 10, 13, 20, 25, 40, INF.” Has collapsible viewfinder with metal mirror located immediately to the left of the main lens. Adjacent to view finder is a miniature level. Wire frame folds out from lens to right of camera and metal view finder on top of camera pops up to allow viewing through frame. There is a tripod mount screw at the bottom of the camera.

Alternative Name: Vest pocket Camera

Primary Materials:

Aluminium, Nickel, Leather, Glass, Bone/Ivory


1)On back five pointed star logo with “Ica”.

2)Around lens front: “Ica, Dresden, Compur. D.R.P. No. 258646 D.R.G.M.”

3)On lens itself: “Carl Zeiss Jena Nr. 559253. Tessar 1:4,5 f=15cm.”

4)On lens circumference: “No. 357965.”

5)On camera case: Purple moving label, “dept.”

6)On inside of case label: “C. A. Chant, University of Toronto, Canada.”

7)Attached to the key: label, “Ica camera, key to case, Sept. 1924.”

Dimensions (cm):

Height = 13 x Width = 26 x Length = 4.5 (closed), Height = 13 x Width = 26 x Length = 20 (open)

Function: Field photography.


Good. Case in poor condition, torn and worn.

Associated Instruments:

Manufacturer: Ica, Dresden, Germany.

Date of Manufacture: 1912-1924


University of Toronto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Donated to UTSIC: No

Historical Notes:

Listed as ast79 on old UTMuSi site.

‘Icarette model D.’. Historic Camera: History Librarium. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2012 from <>