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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Tokima DigiRobo Watch (original 1983 model) - Wristwatchesin Wristwatches
Peewee Reese Autographed Baseball Card - Bowman Color; 1953 - Baseballin Baseball
Photographers & Their Cameras - “A Sudden, Terrific Volcanic Explosion at the Crater of Asama-Yasma”; Japan. 1903 - Photographsin Photographs
Schaub Multiplying Camera, c.1900 - Camerasin Cameras
Failing Optical Co. Business Card – What’s in a name? - Advertisingin Advertising
Flammang's Patent Revolving Back Camera, c.1886-98 - Camerasin Cameras
Reversible Back Premo, Rochester Optical Company. 1897 - 1900 - Camerasin Cameras
Marshall Field & Co. Bronze Inkwell, probably 1920s - Pensin Pens
A round with Guinness – 1950 Gleneagles Advertising Study by Gilroy - Signsin Signs
The Rare Guinness Branded 1860s Globe Lens - Camerasin Cameras


  1. Thanks! aghcollect kyratango vetraio50
  2. Thanks! Ben kaputs11 Michael Sean
  3. Thanks, Sean!
  4. It's happening! Will we not survive? The Tokima DigiRobot found my GoBot watch and it doesn't look good. Kerry was right ... the little guy might be dangerous.
  5. Thanks! Manikin eye4beauty kerry10456
  6. Thanks, filmnet!
  7. Thanks, pw-collector! filmnet ... always good to meet another photographer.
  8. Thanks! Caperkid kyratango GeodeJem MeliG filmnet
  9. Thanks! David racer4four GeodeJem fortapache
  10. We all miss Eaton and I still have a lot of our correspondence. He had a deep passion for magazine cameras and often e-mailed pictures of his newest acquisitions. Please post more cameras!
  11. Hi ... I knew your father ... he was an amazing man and [indeed] a major force in camera collecting. Eaton was quite generous, shared his knowledge and often found obscure ephemera for my research.
  12. To open the camera, pull out the winding key as far as it will go. Sometimes you need to turn it slightly to pull out all the way. Then look for a small knob that holds the front of the strap and pull...
  13. A great image ... one that is on my 'wanted' list.
  14. Thanks for the comment, PostCardCollector. Let us know if you make a dress. Anyhow, the 'rug' seen in the second images is not a rug. It's the wall mounted flag (shown in the first image) placed o...
  15. These lacquered pictorial pint glasses were first offered in 1990 as a set of four. I have three straight edged glasses: lion, toucan, and ostrich. Your curved glasses are newer. And yes, these are tw...
  16. Hi all ... I have all Kodak consumer catalogues from 1886 through 1941 and dug in to check out the Six-16. I don’t collect these later box cameras but the deco face Brownies are interesting and this p...
  17. Thanks! katherinescollections ho2cultcha
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  25. Thanks! Radegunder ho2cultcha
  26. Thanks! surfdub66 Scott Windwalker ho2cultcha
  27. Thanks, Perry!
  28. Thanks! Michael Scott
  29. Thanks! pw-collector David DaveSierra
  30. Thanks! Caperkid vetraio50 RonM
  31. Thanks! Manikin Stammy aghcollect
  32. A simple Google search uncovers lots of info. Here's a good article: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/%22Olympia%22_camera
  33. This is a Duplex Ruby Reflex made by Thornton-Pickard Manufacturing Co. The image you posted is from an English collector's incredible collection. (Although it appears on the Internet on the collector...
  34. Thanks! Foundaroundtown Ben Roycroftbooksfromme1
  35. This camera is built in a style we collectors refer to as Chambre De Voyage (French for "field camera"). It is a generic reference for a common design of field view camera sold in France from the 1890...
  36. The Kodak Junior Six-16 appears in Kodak catalogs from 1935 to 1937. This is the U.S. version as opposed to variations made for the U.K. and German markets. It shoots 8 pictures in the 2½ x 4¼ inch fo...
  37. Thanks, PostCardCollector!
  38. The "Kodak Home Enlarger" was made for beginners and appears in Kodak catalogues from 1934 to 1940. It was listed for $16.50 and included a Kodar 98mm lens, negative holder, and paper holder. Photogra...
  39. This magazine shoots 20 panoramic 24 x 56mm format negs. "SWC" stands for "Super-Wide" Model C.
  40. Thanks, Hunter!
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  42. Thanks! PostCardCollector kyratango Hunter
  43. Thanks! surfdub66 shareurpassion Michael
  44. Thanks! Sean Roycroftbooksfromme1 RonM pw-collector
  45. Thanks! Roycroftbooksfromme1 trunkman
  46. Thanks! kkpraft Alan2310 whitman75 blunderbuss2
  47. Always nice to see a collection of toy and novelty cameras! The Kookie Kamera is typically difficult to find in complete condition.
  48. Thanks! courtenayantiques KevinEBest
  49. Thanks! RonM Caper
  50. Thanks! robin56 Radegunder Hunter ho2cultcha
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