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Posted 2 years ago


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I thought it might be fun to show a couple beautiful stereo cameras that used roll film. Here is a No.2 Stereo Brownie made by Kodak; about 4,000 were made during its run from 1905 to 1910.

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, just about every family was familiar with the inexpensive and popular line of Brownie box cameras sold by Kodak (such as the classic Brownie Hawkeye in molded Bakelite). Yet this stereo brownie is an early Brownie not often seen and quite scarce.

Unlike the simple box designs, this is a distinctive, leatherette covered folding camera with twin red leather bellows, wide polished wood face, and funky looking brass shutter with maker's I.D. The original list price was $12 in 1905.


  1. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Sean!
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    Thanks, AR8Jason!
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    Thanks pawis, officialfuel, miKKo, and Hardbrake!
  4. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks toolate2 and walksoftly!
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Beautiful camera Rob, never seen one that I remember before !~Phil
  6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    So the idea is to expose the same film to 2 diff. perspectives to give a 3D effect? I'm not a camera collector obviously.
  7. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, mtg75!
  8. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Hi blunderbuss2 ... you got it right.

    In summary, the 3D effect needs two lenses separated by about the same distance as an average pair of eyes. (This is referred to as interocular distance.) Although a couple inches doesn't seem like much, each image is slightly different; yet the difference is just enough for your mind to recreate 3D depth perception when looking in a viewer (or similar).

    Look carefully at my 'man on the girder' stereoview (or any stereoview) and you'll see that the images - although nearly identical - have slightly different perspectives.

    As a note, some view cameras have lens boards that allow photographers to adjust the interocular distance between lenses. The larger the distance between lenses, the greater the 3D effect.
  9. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Phil!
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  14. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Good explanation of the "3D effect".

    I have seen some 1860s stereos where the photographer thought the trick was in the viewing. The photographer glued two of the same image onto a mount! The stereoview appears flat, like a normal single photo when viewed.

    There are varying degrees of quality and depth to the views. Some of the best that I have seen are French Diableries tissue views-- amazing depth and quality to the scenes. Of course the tinting aids in bringing the scene to life.

  15. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
    Thanks, Scott (and for the great comments)!
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