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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Jim Beam Bourbon Decanter (Part 2) / Royal Gold Round. 1956 - Bottlesin Bottles
Jim Beam Bourbon Decanter / Royal Porcelain. 1955 - Bottlesin Bottles
French Papier-Mâché Parrot on Brass Stand. 1890s. - Figurinesin Figurines
Scovill Waterbury View Camera. c.1888 - Camerasin Cameras
Anthony Camera Advertising Card with Photograph of Photographers and Cameras. Late 1880s-90s - Photographsin Photographs
Gennert Penny Picture Studio Camera. c.1880s - 90s - Camerasin Cameras
Blair No.3 Combination Hawk-Eye Camera, c.1904 - Camerasin Cameras
Blair Camera Advertising Card with Photographic Image of 1893 Chicago World's Fair - Photographsin Photographs
Eating Out At A Coke Collector's Dream? - Signsin Signs
Cased Tintype of Fighting Pugilists. c.1860s - Photographsin Photographs


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  3. Since posting this canvas a year (or so) ago, I commissioned a custom gold frame with a dark green silk over-matt. It turned out better than I expected!
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  7. Funny ... makes me laugh!
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  9. Thanks, Sean! They are truly lovely to look at.
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  12. This is properly known as a No.2A Brownie Model B. It shot 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 images on 116 roll film. These box Brownies were amazingly successful and over 2.1 million were sold from 1907 to 1921 (the cam...
  13. This is an "Argus 75". It was offered from 1958 to 1964. This version was a continuation of the earlier Argoflex and Argus Seventy-five models.
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  15. Hi antiquerose ... I looked very carefully at the item and thought a lot about possible uses in photography. I posted comments. In summary, I could not find anything similar in the photographic workfl...
  16. I was asked by @antiquerose if this might be a camera part. Though it looks somewhat like a plate holder or similar , it is not nor does it resemble something for use with an early camera or darkroom ...
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  39. I believe these are from Beam's Crystal Glass series. Here is a link to a Beam collector club website showing the decanters: http://www.jimbeamclub.com/pictorials/jimbeam/glass/crystal.html
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  43. Thx BB2! ... funny comment and true!
  44. Thanks, Sean ... yes ... mid-century modern. I didn't think of that. Thanks for pointing it out.
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