I am a specialist in pre-1900 American wood and brass cameras. Since the announcement of the first commercial photographic process in January 1839, cameras have playI am a specialist in pre-1900 American wood and brass cameras. 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. After 35+ 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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  3. But you have to admit he has a terrific mustache! - Rob
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  6. Thanks, PCC! Yes ... $17 would have been a good deal for this camera in 1903.
  7. Thanks, Sean!
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  9. The Walker is historically important. I've seen pictures of several of these in collections. One collector has an early cabinet card showing a photographer with the Walker on a tripod!
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  12. I should clarify. "Autographic Photography" was the concept of writing on the film. During it's life, Kodak included the autographic feature on many cameras. Accessory backs were also available to ada...
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  16. I had not seen this album before and, let's face it, Joni and Charles were geniuses. (Besides, I really like Mingus' music.) - Rob
  17. Kodak called it "Autographic Photography". It was a feature from about 1915 to 1935. - Rob
  18. Thanks! JohnK Manikin vintagelamp ravage60 kyratango
  19. This is a contact printing frame for the Printing Out Process (P.O.P.) that uses special printing-out-paper. The two white bulbs look like they are slightly different. The intent is to control the amo...
  20. The whole set up with the camera inside the bear is very cool. Great find! - Rob
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  22. Thanks, Ben!
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  24. Baseball is back! Pitchers and catchers reported to their respective camps today (Monday, Feb. 13th) and I'm ready to start watching the spring training games. Will the Cubs contend a second year in a...
  25. Thanks, roddyq!
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  30. Thanks! Michael (and I appreciate your compliment about my camera collection) shughs inky
  31. Thanks, Kerry!
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  33. Thanks! SpiritBear ... yep ... a good camera to choose. kerry10456
  34. While I specialize in early pre-1900 American cameras, admittedly this is pretty cool. I am traveling for another several weeks and don't have access to my camera references. In my eyes, the camera's ...
  35. Thanks, ttomtucker!
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  37. Thanks! bijoucaillouvintage roddyq Michael
  38. Has the look of a Brazilian agate.
  39. Hi j1800 ... you ask a good question but unfortunately it's impossible to figure out if a particular camera made a tintype. Small tintypes are typically cut from a larger sheet of images. Simon Wing a...
  40. Great information!
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  44. BTW ... Disdéri is historically important and best known for patenting his version of what was then known as the 'calling card' into what became the immensely popular CDV format ('visiting card').
  45. Hi Walt_league ... Thanks for looking and commenting. As I noted in the description, the camera's build quality is too good to be a prototype. I've discussed this camera with the Technology Curator at...
  46. Thanks! Lady_Picker JImam egreeley1976 kyratango
  47. These were good images straight from the camera and Photoshop would have been overkill. I used Lightroom for minor color balancing and to recover the shadows. Thx!
  48. Thanks! Nicefice roddyq
  49. Thanks, thegatherer!
  50. I'm traveling for the next couple months and don't have access to my camera reference material to share more detailed information. However, there were a limited number of Kodak Rainbow Hawk-eye box ca...
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