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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Photographers & Their Cameras - “A Sudden, Terrific Volcanic Explosion at the Crater of Asama-Yasma”; Japan. 1903 - Photographsin Photographs
Schaub Multiplying Camera, c.1900 - Camerasin Cameras
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


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  28. In the early 1970s (could have been the late '60s), I saw a framed poster sized version of this image hanging in a camera store above shelves of Kodak chemistry and such. The large image included a Ko...
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  46. 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...
  47. 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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