Marksman  –  Vintage Camera Brand

Marksman Brand Overview

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Founded: before 1948 — Toronto, Canada
Currently: defunct

Marksman Brand History

Marksman was a brand name created in 1948 by Toronto-based retailer Bernard Marks & Co. Ltd. during its brief foray into the camera industry in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They sold only one model: the Marksman Six-20 and almost certainly also manufactured a rebranded version of the same camera for the Canadian department store giant Eaton’s.

It’s unclear when the Bernard Marks & Co. Ltd. was first established but the earliest record of any activity readily available online is a 1948 filing with the Canadian Patent Office for the “Marksman” trademark which could potentially make the Marksman Six-20 its first ever product. Information about the company’s activities during the 1950s and 1960s shows that Bernard Marks sold things like flashlights as well as hardware products such as acetylene and propane torches, paint trays, paint rollers, and electric paint removers.

Based on various Canadian trademark filings that were allowed to expire, it seems likely that the Bernard Marks & Co. Ltd. ceased operations sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

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McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg, WI, USA: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), p 452.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The Canadian Patent Office Record and Register of Copyrights and Trade Marks, 1948. Volume 76, Part 4, p XVIII.

T. Eaton Co. Eaton Du Canada Catalogue Ed. Française Automne et Hiver 1950-1951. (Toronto, Canada: T. Eaton Co., 1950), p 353, 377

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