Since the announcement of the first commercial photographic process in January 1839, cameras have played an important part in the recording of history and culture. ASince the announcement of the first commercial photographic process in January 1839, cameras have played an important part in the recording of history and culture. After 30+ years of collecting, I've acquired some of the world's rarest American wooden cameras and dug up their fascinating stories. Take a moment and tour these beautifully crafted cameras that are considered the grandfathers of digital photography. I specialize in pre-1900 wooden cameras - the earlier the better - and enjoy researching and documenting their history. I am always looking for early wood & brass cameras and ephemera, as well as meeting the next generation of camera collectors and sharing the lore and legacy of early apparatus! (Read more)


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Cased Tintype of Fighting Pugilists. c.1860s - Photographsin Photographs
Mascher Stereo Daguerreotype Viewer with Original Image Pair, c.1853 - Camerasin Cameras
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Eastman Kodak Dime Bank. Save your dimes for a Kodak camera! c.1915 - 16. - Coin Operatedin Coin Operated
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Stereoview of a Photographer with Stereo Camera on a Donkey. 1890s - Photographsin Photographs
Ansco Memo ½ Frame 35mm Camera. 1927 - Camerasin Cameras
Goodwin & Co. Old Judge Tobacco Baseball Card of Henry Boyle. 1887 - Baseballin Baseball
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  26. This is indeed a Kodak No.4 Cartridge Camera. "Cartridge" is Kodak's term for rollfilm on a spool (as opposed to a cassette or similar). The holes at the corners of the body are reflex finders. The mi...
  27. Oh ... and lenses were often added to cameras. In other words, a lens name is not related to the camera. Companies such as Rochester sold these cameras with and without lenses. Pro photographers liked...
  28. The maker's i.d. would have been nailed to the bottom of the front standard. I suspect if you look closely you will find two very small nail holes separated by a couple inches. In looking at your pict...
  29. This is more than likely a "Rochester View" by the Rochester Optical Company (Rochester, NY). It dates to about 1900 to 1903 (or s0). A Packard shutter is probably behind the lens. Rochester made a "U...
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  50. It is a Magic Lantern slide but unfortunately many are difficult to date. A quick Google search shows McAllister lanterns were around as early as the mid-1870s. You can probably dig a little deeper.
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