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Arthur Hunt Crapsey, Jr (1919-1998) was an influential camera designer working for Eastman Kodak, who had a hand in a great many designs. After graduating in Ceramic Design, he served as a pilot in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Invalided out after losing his right leg, he became one of Kodak's first industrial designers in 1945. Between 1948 and 1958 Crapsey was credited with patents for a large number of cameras, including:


Crapsey was also granted patents for parts of cameras, over a long period (e.g. strap attaching device, US no. 2,521,903 (12 Sep 1950); a film cartridge, US no. 3,617,013 (2 Nov 1971) and Folded Path Zoom Lens US Patent US3658411 (25 Apr 1972)) and his patents are referenced by many later patentees (e.g. for the Lomo Dalek/Supersampler, US Patent D476674 -1 Jul 2003).

Crapsey is acknowledged as the main designer of the Kodak Brownie Star series and the Instamatic M-6 cine camera (1965). Crapsey became manager of the Eastman Kodak design group in 1960 - possibly the reason his name was on so many later patent applications. He had possibly been inspired in some designs by Walter Dorwin Teague.

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