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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Blair Camera Company Wooden Shipping Box, c.1880s - 90s - Camerasin Cameras
St. Paul Ice Carnival Stereoview, 1888 - Photographsin Photographs
Vest Pocket Format Monroe Camera, c.1898 - Camerasin Cameras
A Beautiful 1880s Mahogany Presentation Camera - Camerasin Cameras
Lightning Camera, c.1899 - Camerasin Cameras
White Rose Rye Whiskey Advertising Stoneware Jug, c.1904 - Art Potteryin Art Pottery
American Multiplying Camera Box by John Stock, late 1860s - Camerasin Cameras
Guinness Biscuit Tin, 1961 - Advertisingin Advertising
Yet Again ... Another ‘Mystery’ Photographic Accessory, 1900 - Camerasin Cameras
Prosch Flashlight Products Handbook & Letter, 1914 - Camerasin Cameras


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  11. Thanks! David ... yep ... gotta keep warm any way possible. vetraio50 ... Ice Follies indeed!
  12. Nice Eric ... the best camera collectors have a Facile! :) Have you seen mine? http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/1274-fallowfields-facile-an-1890s-conceal
  13. This looks very much like a Macvan Reflex 5-7 Studio camera. (c.1948 - 50). There were a couple model variations.
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  21. Brett ... Without having done extensive research, I believe the first use of the term "Vest" in a camera name goes back to 1885. Robert D. Gray (NY) sold a "Vest Camera." It is a large all metal disc ...
  22. Thanks, Brett. Good question ... I don't believe Kodak named their 'vest' cameras after this Monroe model. "Vest" was added to names for marketing reasons so that prospective buyers knew the cameras w...
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  28. Thanks again, Manikin!
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  30. Thanks, valentino97! I haven't seen the film about Ron Galella but will keep an eye out for it. But I do know he was one of the most successful and controversial paparazzi. Some of his pictures are b...
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  33. In regards to value (assuming it's authentic), I am not qualified to speculate. I don't speak for others here on CW but sports cards are highly specialized and inhabited by people who invest a lifetim...
  34. To add my 2 cents here (my son is a huge collector); I agree with getting it authenticated. The chance that two players cohabitating on the same card is improbable because of the printing process. Bu...
  35. Thanks! Sean aghcollect
  36. David ... good information and a great read! Thanks for the link. Thanks again, Manikin. Hi shareurpassion ... not actually a zoom lens but a device to increase magnification (as described in th...
  37. This camera is called "Kodak 35" and offered from 1938 to 1948. Diomatic refers to the name of the shutter. While noteworthy as the first 35mm Kodak made in the U.S., it is very common. Your particul...
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  40. It's okay to dust the wood. Don't do anything with the bellows. Camera collectors want the equipment in its original state.
  41. I have the original posters that came with the album sitting around someplace.
  42. Glad to help. David ... the fancy brass piece is a rotating tripod platform. Three pairs of legs would set into the 6 pins (hard to see). This allowed a more portable package. Normally a tripod has...
  43. Yep ... that's the camera. Not uncommon or rare but pretty when in excellent condition.
  44. This is a "Carlton Camera" made by the Rochester Optical Company. It was named after the company's founder and the last and finest field camera they made. was named after the founder It was offered f...
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  47. Thanks, pops52!
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  49. Careful ... collecting stereoscopes is addicting - and your $25 was well spent. Some of these hand held designs have very fancy aluminum hoods with ornate engravings. This is an American design tha...
  50. Thanks! Alan2310 Designer shughs
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