What is a "black beauty"?

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I was offered a "black beauty" LF camera w/o lens. What is this camera and how much should it be worth.



-- Eric Philbin (ericphilbin@yahoo.com), September 03, 2001


Wasn't this offered to ypu for something like $50.00 without lens when you asked for a "cheap" camera?

Ask the offerer what it really is.

You can't get a 45 for much less then that.

-- Bob Salomon (bob@hpmarketingcorp.com), September 03, 2001.

The "Black Beauty" was the name of the Green Hornet's sleek, super-powered car. In it the Green Hornet and his faithful valet Cato chased criminals even the G-Men could not touch. (The green Hornet was actually Brit Reed, wealthy young publisher of the Daily Sentinel.)

I hope this helps.

-- Erec Grim (guivret@yahoo.com), September 03, 2001.

If Brit Reed was a newspaper publisher, maybe he named his car after the camera called the "Black Beauty."

-- Ken Burns (kenburns@twave.net), September 03, 2001.

I have seen the term "Black Beauty" used umpteen times on eBay, often for the Seneca large format cameras which were finished in a satiny black.

-- Wayne Campbell (wtcamjr@aol.com), September 03, 2001.

Black Beauty is a horse. Maybe the guy was offering it to you to carry the big camera around. Better watch it though as this horse is pretty old & you will be paying for a funeral soon.

-- Dan Smith (shooter@brigham.net), September 04, 2001.

Isn't it a song by Little Richard? Ohh! Black beauty, bam ba lam.

-- Pete Andrews (p.l.andrews@bham.ac.uk), September 04, 2001.

I thought it was a book by Walter Mosely?

-- Sean Yates (coalandice@yahoo.com), September 04, 2001.

I thought it was Max Mosely...

-- Andrew McPhee (macca27@rm.quik.com.au), September 04, 2001.

a soporific. about $10 each street price.

-- adam (asfberg@hotmail.com), September 04, 2001.

Black Beauty was the name given to a very popular (black) pill that was widely abused by hedonistic drug addicts in years past. I can't remember if it was an upper or a downer.

-- Arthur Gottschalk (Arthurwg@aol.com), September 04, 2001.


-- Wilhelm (bmitch@home.com), September 04, 2001.

The song was not "Black Beauty," and it wasn't Little Richard. Song was "Black Betty." Recorded, among others, by Kerner, Ray and Glover, three white guys who sang "the blues" way back when. They received much criticism as racists/exploiters for singing that song.

-- Arthur Gottschalk (Arthurwg@aol.com), September 05, 2001.

The song "Black Betty" was truly immortalized in the 1970's by the band Ram Jam. I think the band's name says enough. As for the camera I think it is a generic label attached to any number of ebonized finished cameras.

-- Kevin (kkemner@tatesnyderkimsey.com), September 05, 2001.

I know it was Black Betty. It was a pun (almost), but I couldn't remember for sure the name of any of the hundreds of singers who must have covered it.

-- Pete Andrews (p.l.andrews@bham.ac.uk), September 06, 2001.

Maybe it was Naomi Campbell:?}

-- Victor Randin (ved@enran.com.ua), September 07, 2001.

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