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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Bear Photo Special Box Camera - Camerasin Cameras
Pocket Poco A Camera, 1903 - Camerasin Cameras
1890s CDV of Waltham Watch Factory Equipment (attributed) - Photographsin Photographs
Happy 4th of July! - Photographsin Photographs
Henry Clay Stereoscopic Camera, 1892-99 (not all vintage cameras are pristine) - Camerasin Cameras
Antique Camera Display – My Workspace - Camerasin Cameras
Antique Lamp with Emerald Green Glass - Lampsin Lamps
Female figure study shot with a 1904 studio camera - Photographsin Photographs
Gibbs Camera, 1888 - Camerasin Cameras
Early Stereoview of Pease Steam Engine Model - Photographsin Photographs


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  18. Hi Carymark ... thanks looking and the compliment. Stereo photography was first practiced as early as 1841. The earliest techniques had a single camera move on a frame to get a 3D effect, or two came...
  19. Thanks, David ... regarding the camera’s date all I can do is guess. I haven't found any original camera advertising or specific references pinning down the actual date. There are a couple sites on th...
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  33. I agree that it isn't worth the time and effort to restore this camera. In truly excellent / operational condition it has a value of about $20 - $35. And unlike radios, there isn't anyone who sells pa...
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  40. This looks like a Magazine Cyclone No.4 or No.5 camera made by the Western Camera Mfg. Co. (Chicago, IL). The later 1899 patent date indicates it was made after the time when Western became of Roche...
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