I am a specialist in pre-1900 American wood and brass cameras. Since the announcement of the first commercial photographic process in January 1839, cameras have playI am a specialist in pre-1900 American wood and brass cameras. 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. After 35+ 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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Unknown American Field Camera. c.1890s - Camerasin Cameras
Early Photographic Gallery Token – Raymond’s Photograph Gallery. 1863 - Camerasin Cameras
Fossilized Ichthyosaurus Vertebra with 100% Pyrite Displacement - Animalsin Animals
Clarus MS-35 Camera. 1946 - 52 - Camerasin Cameras
Supermoon! (November 2016 - as seen in central Minnesota) - Photographsin Photographs
The P.D.Q Detective Camera (E. & H.T. Anthony), 1890-91 - Camerasin Cameras
Baseball History: Cubs win game 7 of the 2016 World Series! 50+ years of collected memories finally paid off. - Baseballin Baseball
Anthony’s Phantom Camera, c.1888 - Camerasin Cameras
American Stereographoscope, mid-1870s - Camerasin Cameras
Baker’s Stereo Daguerreotype Viewing Case with Original Image Pair, mid-1850s - Camerasin Cameras


  1. Hi sakura2 ... you got a really good deal. The gold could be 24k but I don't know. FWIW, some of the really early Jim Beam decanters had 22k gold and were marked as such for example, refer to this dec...
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  7. Thanks for the comment, collector_1!
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  10. Welcome to the fascinating world of T206 collecting. It's very addicting. My son is an avid T206 collector and, in particular, looks for HOF auto cards. Of course, the most valuable is Honus Wagner: ...
  11. This has always been an interesting line of cameras. When introduced, it was advertised as having "box-camera simplicity, supplemented by the convenience and good looks of slim, trim folding models."...
  12. Thanks! Mrstyndall Sting ho2cultcha SpiritBear
  13. Thanks, Lois. Agreed about her composure. She has a stoic look IMO.
  14. I contacted a friend who had worked for Guinness and now a collector / historian and author of several books including two about Gilroy art. (I have several original Guinness canvases by Gilroy posted...
  15. Hi filmet ... Sinar is a great camera. Do you still have it and able to post here on S&T? What were your favorite lenses? Large format photography is the best! Thanks. - Rob
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  19. Hi Sting ... good thoughts and observations are generally correct. Your comment about the viewfinder is spot-on. However, the camera does not have a leather strap that is characteristic of field camer...
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  22. Thanks, roddyq!
  23. Beautiful. Maybe take a picture of it lit up?
  24. Thanks, Elisabethan!
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  28. Thanks! BB2 Mrstyndall
  29. Thanks! roddyq Celiene Scott ... yep, I'm still researching the camera.
  30. Thanks! valentino97 kyratango rockbat
  31. Yes ... this is definitely a Climax Multiplying Camera and a good find. It's a bit rough and some extra hardware was added to hold a dark cloth and other things (etc.), but that's okay. In honesty, I...
  32. Hi PDayPhoto ... sounds like you have a good find; however, many Anthony view cameras look very similar. It would be helpful if you posted pictures of the camera here on Show & Tell so that I can look...
  33. Thanks! ttomtucker JImam
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  35. Thanks again, BB2!
  36. Happy holidays, Roy! And yes, the Cubs WS win was a great gift. Thanks. - Rob
  37. Hi randrox. Given your interest, I added a close up image of the necklace piece. It doesn't have a lot of detail given the abstract nature of the drawing, but it does look like a locket. Otherwise IMO...
  38. Happy holidays, Scott!
  39. Happy holidays, vetraio50!
  40. Happy holidays, Michael!
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  42. Thanks, Rick55!
  43. Bonmahon was one of the many local bottlers of the period. Guinness had a lot of bottler relationships.
  44. Thanks, antiquerose!
  45. Hi randox. Interesting observation. As background, this is the only known Pearsall crayon drawing I am aware of; but when you think about it, others must have been made. Granted a less somber image wo...
  46. Hi SpiritBear. Thanks for the comment. CW is older than Show & Tell. In a nutshell, I was interviewed in July 2008 (about a year before my first post) and then asked to participate in a new feature ca...
  47. Sorry to say yours is not a rare label and actually quite common. As an example, 1960 sales in Ireland alone was nearly 2 million bottles. That's a lot of labels! As background, Guinness labels wi...
  48. Wow ... it's been 7 years since my first post (this camera). My ... my ... how the time goes by! Have a great New Year CW folks!
  49. This label has "Registered Trade Marks" which was used from 1962 to 1965. From 1965 onward, the label had to include information about minimum contents (i.e. imperial fluid measures). And yes, it'...
  50. Thanks! Caperkid racer4four
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