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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A Zephyr, a beautiful 1897 advertising gravure - Photographsin Photographs
Bausch & Lomb Stereo Shutter, 1898 (the beauty of early camera shutters #3) - Camerasin Cameras
Prosch Stereo Triplex Shutter, 1880s (the beauty of early camera shutters #2) - Camerasin Cameras
Prosch Triplex Shutter, 1880s (the beauty of early camera shutters) - Camerasin Cameras
E. & H.T. Anthony Patent Bijou Camera, c.1886 - Camerasin Cameras
“Champagne Charlie Galop by C.H.R. Marriott” - an early canvas - Posters and Printsin Posters and Prints
Anthony Victor, 1889 – c.1897 - Camerasin Cameras
Bear Photo Special Box Camera - Camerasin Cameras
Pocket Poco A Camera, 1903 - Camerasin Cameras
1890s CDV of Waltham Watch Factory Equipment (attributed) - Photographsin Photographs


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  5. This is what is known as a horizontal enlarger and not specifically a camera. The rear of the enlarger should have a large iron-body light housing with condenser lenses. And yes, a lens is needed at t...
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  21. That would be my guess. Unfortunately, inventories are quite rare and I've never had access to any original studio lists. But if you think about it, a larger operation wouldn't rely on a single camera...
  22. Scott ... I thought of various ways to answer your questions but there’s no getting around it, this is a topic with a lot of nuances. Anyhow, cameras were made for specific needs. The camera that m...
  23. Thanks pops52, Bigsarge, leighannrn, sugargirl, and sanhardin! Kerry ... thanks for the compliment. Phil ... now that you brought it up, a fancy shutter could be thought of as a camera's "hood-o...
  24. I was at the Minneapolis show! :)
  25. Thanks leighannrn, sugargirl, sanhardin, and Phil! Trunkman ... appreciate the compliment. Phil ... I never thought of this as having a steampunk look but you're right!
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  31. Glad to help. The discovery and recovery of Brady's original negatives is a fascinating story that was documented by the grandson of the man who acquired them. Most all surviving Brady portrait negati...
  32. Hey Scott ... I saw your note on my Bijou camera posting. Most certainly American Optical, E. & H.T. Anthony, and Scovill companies had cameras large enough for mammoth plates during the civil war yea...
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  34. I played a lot of cribbage in Glueks!
  35. Thanks vetraio50 and aghcollect! Thanks, TA! And the shutter makes a very cool metallic 'chunk' sound when fired.
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  46. Hi motral ... the body pattern ("English Compact") is quite common yet your specific camera might be an uncommon variation but it is difficult to know. Please keep in mind that not all English cameras...
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