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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Chambre de Voyage Camera. European, 1890s - Camerasin Cameras
USMC Bayonet 2000 Knife - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Vintage USMC M40 Rifle Barrels in Detail - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Prototype Leatherwood USMC M16 scope - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Redfield “International Match” sight mounted on a bolt action "US Property" marked Winchester 52--22L Rifle - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
USMC M40 Redfield Scope (Green Anodized Version) - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
USMC Remington 40X Rifle with a USMC Lyman Super Targetspot - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
French OPL M73B2 Rifle Scope, 1945 - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
E.I. Horsman No. 33 Eclipse American Field Camera, c.1890 - 1900 - Camerasin Cameras
The stunning architecture of the Chattanooga Train Terminal (saved from the wrecking ball and converted into a hotel) - Railroadianain Railroadiana


  1. Thanks, Nicefice!
  2. Thanks, Sean!
  3. I am a major contributor to the price guide (my name is listed) and haven't yet given Jim my research on this camera. The information appearing on the Internet is speculative and re-references the sam...
  4. In looking closer at your camera, it is slightly different than mine. The shutter releases have different designs, which helps me identify the base camera. Your version is an Ansco Cadet D-6 (c1947) w...
  5. Camera is in nice condition. Good purchase. - Rob
  6. Great ... post your camera!
  7. Thanks! NevadaBlades racer4four
  8. Thanks, CWfriends and SpiritBear! (And yes, SB, you do need one of these.)
  9. Thanks! PostCardCollector pops52
  10. Thanks! pops52 Nicefice
  11. Thanks! Michael Phil
  12. When creating a new post, there is a section that allows you to upload pictures. This site accepts JPG, PNG, and GIF formats. Make sure the file name has no spaces and the proper image type is in the ...
  13. Hi SDCameraFan ... it's great that you found one of these cameras. I've seen the version you have and I do not know why the Bear badge shows up in different places. Original cardboard boxes, if you ca...
  14. Thanks, Michael!
  15. Thanks, Michael!
  16. Thanks, Michael!
  17. Hi mareredware ... you might not understand the technical details being discussed (which is okay) but, as an FYI, Scott is an image expert and I specialize in really early photographic equipment. Toge...
  18. Scott ... you read my mind. I was going to mention that the low angle of the portrait would add to the distortion of the hands. But a wide angle lens makes them overly prominent. FWIW, I have four (4)...
  19. Thanks! Windwalker Radegunder
  20. Thanks, Caperkid!
  21. Thanks, Phil!
  22. Hi all ... I agree with Scott that this is definitely a picture of a living person. My comments about this image are about the confines of early photography technology that result in living people loo...
  23. Overdue thanks to Alan2310 and Jensen! Alan ... thanks for the comment.
  24. Thanks! mcheconi fortapache
  25. Thanks! Caperkid fortapache
  26. Thanks! antiquerose Nicefice Thomas ho2cultcha
  27. Thanks, OneGoodFind!
  28. Ricko ... take a close look in the hole in the end and see if there is a tiny lens with a small image (micro photograph). If you see a lens and image, this is a Stanhope. Here is my post of a folding ...
  29. Thanks! ho2cultcha SpiritBear Windwalker
  30. Thanks, pops52!
  31. Thanks! SpiritBear CWfriends
  32. Thanks, BB2!
  33. Simple inexpensive cameras are often the most fun! - Rob
  34. Thanks! kyratango Michael
  35. Thanks, pops52!
  36. Thanks! pops52 NevadaBlades
  37. This camera was made from 1947 to 1953.
  38. Thanks, fortapache!
  39. Thanks! kerry10456 vetraio50
  40. Thanks, vetraio50!
  41. Thanks, Nicefice!
  42. Thanks! Sean David
  43. Thanks! Thomas gargoylecollector
  44. Thanks, Caperkid!
  45. Thanks, BB2 ... interesting. All of the original M40 barrels I've photographed have the small squaring at the end of the lands. I'll check with my son to learn what he knows about the crown and the e...
  46. Hey BB2 ... I was expecting someone might catch this. Please refer to this post from another forum. Hopefully it answers your question: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/83973-my...
  47. Hey BB2 ... I don't know a lot about these but this is pretty much what the M40 barrels have ... please explain your thought. Thanks.
  48. Thanks, Thomas. I did see the original note about your son and my apologies for not responding. You must be very proud of him. I hope he stays safe! - Rob
  49. OMG ... what a great comment: "I went and grabbed my phone and began to shoot photos, and here they are!!" I've been shooting pictures all my life and decades ago who would have thought that somed...
  50. Thanks, Windwalker!
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