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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Ernie Banks “Mr. Cub” - Baseballin Baseball
Blair Tourograph, c.1880-82 - Camerasin Cameras
Bell's Straight Working Panorama Camera, c.1912 - Camerasin Cameras
E. Jacobs Daguerreotype Gallery Token, c.1850-58 - Camerasin Cameras
Stereo Brownie Shutter, 1905. (the beauty of early camera shutters #7) - Camerasin Cameras
St. Paul Ice Carnival Stereoview #2 (Illumination of Third Street), 1888 - Photographsin Photographs
Aluminum Camera Shutter, 1894. (the beauty of early camera shutters #6) - Camerasin Cameras
Study for Champagne Bollinger Advertisement, c.1920s (my date attribution) - Posters and Printsin Posters and Prints
Forrest’s Patent “Due-Ratio” wooden drop shutter, c1888.  (the beauty of early camera shutters #5) - Camerasin Cameras
Blair Camera Company Wooden Shipping Box, c.1880s - 90s - Camerasin Cameras


  1. Hi eye ... thanks! About your question ... technically, I wasn't a Northsider, but grew up in the Northern suburbs.
  2. Thanks, AntigueToys!
  3. It's good you didn't sell the camera for $20. In excellent and fully working condition it would have a collector value of $150 - $200. The non-working shutter does decrease the value a bit, but it wou...
  4. Thanks! Manikin Jewels
  5. Thanks, hotairfan!
  6. Thanks, agh!
  7. This is a Rolleicord I with the art deco, nickel plated exterior made from about 1933 to 1936.
  8. Thanks, kyratango!
  9. Thanks! packrat-place lzenglish
  10. Thanks! packrat-place PedlarUK
  11. Thanks! GlueChip paris1925
  12. Thanks, PhotoGuy!
  13. Thanks, antiquerose and hotairfan!
  14. Thanks, Manikin and antiquerose!
  15. Thanks, Ben and Eric!
  16. Ostrich covered versions of these cameras are uncommon. It's also great that the original brown bellows is intact.
  17. Thanks! Michael blunderbuss2
  18. Thanks, mcheconi! I was very fortunate to acquire this camera years back and have never seen anything similar since.
  19. Thanks! Manikin vetraio50 aghcollect
  20. A late "thanks", aghcollect!
  21. Thanks, Kydur!
  22. Thanks, David! I agree ... the early photographic pioneers would be amazed.
  23. Thanks! Sean PatSea
  24. Thanks, toolate2!
  25. Thanks, Eric and pops52!
  26. Thanks, packrat-place!
  27. Thanks, vetraio50!
  28. Thanks! egreeley1976 chrissylovescats trunkman sanhardin Chevelleman69
  29. Thanks, Sean!
  30. Thanks! Manikin David PatSea
  31. Thanks, Kydur and fortapache! Kydur ... thanks for the comments. It's not unusual for me to sell cameras to acquire, rarer examples. I've never seen an attributed image made by a Bell’s panoramic. ...
  32. Thanks! Jewels aghcollect Michael
  33. I have some of these. Brings back memories.
  34. Thanks! trukn20 sugargirl mtg75 leighannrn shughs
  35. Thanks! Chevelleman69 Virginia.vintage
  36. Thanks! Militarist BB2
  37. Thanks, David!
  38. Thanks! Sean Eric PatSea fortapache cratedigger.
  39. Thanks! CindB PatSea
  40. Thanks, BB2! And you ask a really good question; something I haven't really thought about. I haven't done a study of photography tokens but it appears no more than a handful of photographers (less tha...
  41. Thanks, leighannrn!
  42. Thanks! leighannrn shughs
  43. Thanks, aghcollect!
  44. Thanks, pops52!
  45. Thanks, Sean!
  46. Thanks! leighannrn shughs PatSea
  47. Thanks! vetraio50 Kydur David
  48. Thanks! zguy2112 ho2cultcha
  49. Thanks! Virginia.vintage Manikin ho2cultcha
  50. Thanks, cratedigger! And I appreciate getting feedback from someone who understands these. FWIW ... it also has the same printing on the other side.
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