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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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
Artistic Vintage Camera Catalogue Covers, #4 - Booksin Books
Ascot Cycle Camera No.2 Shutter, 1899. (the beauty of early camera shutters #8) - Camerasin Cameras
Ernie Banks “Mr. Cub” - Baseballin Baseball
Blair Tourograph, c.1880-82 - Camerasin Cameras
Bell's Straight Working Panorama Camera, c.1912 - Camerasin Cameras


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  27. It's nice to have an original box with the camera.
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  29. This is definitely a plate or negative retouching frame (as opposed to a contact printing frame). These date anywhere from the late 1880s to sometime after 1900.
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  40. Looks like a Dubroni. Need more pictures of the camera. There should be a plaque on the rear. Is there a brass hole at the top of the body? Is there a glass bottle inside the body?
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  43. The Mycro you have is in a category of cameras known as Hit style ‘subminiatures.’ Although there is a specific camera named Hit, to collectors "Hit" is also generic term for any number of subminiatur...
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