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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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
Back to the future … digital photography is older than you think! - Camerasin Cameras
Onondaga No.6 Folding Plate Camera, c.1900-01 - Camerasin Cameras
Waterman’s Parrot Fountain Pen Desk Set, c.1901 - Pensin Pens
E. & H.T. Anthony Ascot Cycle, No.2 Camera. c.1899 - Camerasin Cameras


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  16. The plaque is the name of the dealer (or jobber) that sold the camera. If you open the back (where the film is loaded), the exact camera name and model version will be stamped inside. Kodak had intern...
  17. This is a Jiffy Kodak V.P. (V.P.stands for Vest Pocket). Introduced in Kodak's 1935 - 1936 catalogue and discontinued 1942. Sold for $5.00 in 1936.
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  21. Thanks, DerekToye! The first model of this had a cardboard body instead of the metal version shown here. Only one example is known if that first version ... I would believe no others survived.
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  26. It's great to have another camera collector here on CW. Keep posting! - Rob
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  42. Apologies ... hit 'submit' too quickly while proofreading my original comments. I meant to say this is very likely a Makina I/II conversion because it has the coupled rangefinder and dial-set shutt...
  43. This is specifically a Makina I dating from 1920 to about 1933. It shoots 6.5 x 9 cm sheet film. The lens is correct for the camera. Though I specialize in collecting pre-1900 wood cameras, as a form...
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  45. Hi Melicious ... good question ... I spend too much time admiring the beauty of all my cameras!
  46. Thanks, Sean!
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  48. This is not unusual. Kodak was a truly international company with operations in London (1890s) and Canada (founded in 1899 as Kodak Canada, Inc.). In 1898, American Eastman Kodak and British East...
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  50. Yes. Yours is aluminum bound. These are nice cameras that often appear on eBay. Here is an all wood version I posted here a while back: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/75826-teeny-tiny-wood-an...
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