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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Stull Daguerreotype Viewing Case, c.1855 - Camerasin Cameras
Stereo Daguerreotype of a Girl, mid-1850s - Photographsin Photographs
Stylophot “Pen” Camera. 1955 - Camerasin Cameras
Tokima DigiRobo Watch (original 1983 model) - Wristwatchesin Wristwatches
Peewee Reese Autographed Baseball Card - Bowman Color; 1953 - Baseballin Baseball
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


  1. That's a fun pic, Scott.
  2. Thanks! Alan2310 Roycroftbooksfromme1
  3. Unfortunately we need to see a jersey number or similar to positively identify the player. But it's an interesting image.
  4. Thanks! sugargirl racer4four blunderbuss2 Hunter
  5. Thanks! Virginia.vintage ho2cultcha
  6. Thanks! Sean vetraio50 Michael
  7. Here is the post for the viewer this stereo dag is mounted in: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/169537-stull-daguerreotype-viewing-case-c-1855?in=user
  8. Thanks, shareurpassion!
  9. Thanks! Ben Manikin David John
  10. Thanks! fortapache pw-collectorpw ho2cultchaho2 kyratango Scott
  11. FWIW ... here is a post I did of an uncut tintype group that you might find interesting: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/82219-rare-uncut-tintypes-of-husband-and-wife Also ... Scott brings ...
  12. Tintypes, for the most part, are somewhat sturdy yet should be stored in a controlled low-humidity environment in which the temp does not change dramatically. As with any silver based photographic im...
  13. Thanks, Virginia.vintage!
  14. Thanks, kyratango!
  15. The auction camera is slightly different than yours. For example, your camera has a roller blind shutter mounted between the lens and front board. There are also some minor differences in the choise ...
  16. Thanks, slotman!
  17. Thanks, kaputs11!
  18. Thanks! racer4four valentino97
  19. Thanks! ttomtucker aghcollect
  20. Thanks! Ben Manikin Scott
  21. David ... I forgot to mention that the 3d effect when viewing this image in the Stull stereoscope is very strong and realistic.
  22. Thanks! David Michael
  23. Thanks, vetraio50!
  24. Thanks, BB2 and Sean!
  25. Unfortunately I do not have any information on the maker.
  26. This is what is known as a process camera. Specifically, it is a copy camera that makes copies of images, negatives and so forth. Some are longer than 4 meters.
  27. Thanks, Michael!
  28. Thanks, f64imager!
  29. Thanks! kyratango Sean Scott
  30. This is a c.1936 "Merlin" made by United Optical Instruments Ltd (162 High Street, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England). It is a crackle-finished cast metal body sold in a variety of colors including blac...
  31. This is a fairly standard front focusing French body pattern. Similar cameras were made by Mackenstein and a couple other makers. Probably dates to around 1900. If this is a larger (wider) format, it ...
  32. Thanks! Roycroftbooksfromme1 JoyB
  33. Thanks! Ben aghcollect David
  34. This l00ks like part of a photographic enlarger.
  35. Thanks! vetraio50 fortapache kerry10456
  36. Thanks! Trey katherinescollections filmnet
  37. Thanks, ttomtucker!
  38. An overdue thanks, Trey!
  39. Thanks, Trey!
  40. Thanks, Caperkid!
  41. Thanks, Alan2310!
  42. Thanks! aghcollect kyratango vetraio50
  43. Thanks! Ben kaputs11 Michael Sean
  44. Thanks, Sean!
  45. It's happening! Will we not survive? The Tokima DigiRobot found my GoBot watch and it doesn't look good. Kerry was right ... the little guy might be dangerous.
  46. Thanks! Manikin eye4beauty kerry10456
  47. Thanks, filmnet!
  48. Thanks, pw-collector! filmnet ... always good to meet another photographer.
  49. Thanks! Caperkid kyratango GeodeJem MeliG filmnet
  50. Thanks! David racer4four GeodeJem fortapache
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