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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Lightning Camera, c.1899 - Camerasin Cameras
White Rose Rye Whiskey Advertising Stoneware Jug, c.1904 - Art Potteryin Art Pottery
American Multiplying Camera Box by John Stock, late 1860s - Camerasin Cameras
Guinness Biscuit Tin, 1961 - Advertisingin Advertising
Yet Again ... Another ‘Mystery’ Photographic Accessory, 1900 - Camerasin Cameras
Prosch Flashlight Products Handbook & Letter, 1914 - Camerasin Cameras
George Eastman’s House - Part 2 - Photographsin Photographs
George Eastman’s Mansion - Part 1 - Photographsin Photographs
Antique Amber Glass Bohemian Urn - Art Glassin Art Glass
E. & H.T. Anthony Climax Multiplying Camera, 1880s to ‘90s - Camerasin Cameras


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  9. It's been two years since this post ... amazing. Santa still loves old cameras. Happy Holidays! - Rob
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  12. And if you do make copies of the glass stereoviews, please consider posting them here on Show & Tell.
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  15. Hi Ruth ... the approach is to put the glass views on a light box and photograph the image from above. The camera is held in place on a copy stand to ensure it is parallel to the image. Most art store...
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  17. Hi modernprimitive ... I am checking with a friend who does this a lot. He has a camera and image auction website and posts pictures of glass stereoviews, transparencies and so forth. Thanks. - Rob
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  23. Hi Vintage_Joe ... I'm not an expert on stoneware objects but there appears to be a lot of information available if you do some Google searching. Thanks.
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  27. Nice camera and somewhat uncommon dating 1934 to 1939. It made 6 x 6 cm images on 12o roll film. There should be a "Welta" name plate on the metal face.
  28. Thanks, David! You're probably right and who knows how many probably broke during the long trip.
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  42. Thanks, David! I agree it's amazing something that was used by a professional survived intact.
  43. Thanks, David! BTW ... take a look at the condition of this mid-1850s daguerreotype camera ... it has rosewood veneer ... really nice at 160 years old: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/998...
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  45. This was a real 'work-horse' of camera and most often the choice of wedding photographers. Neg format is 6 x 7 cm on either 120 or 220 rollfilm.
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