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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Stereoview of a Photographer with Stereo Camera on a Donkey. 1890s - Photographsin Photographs
Ansco Memo ½ Frame 35mm Camera. 1927 - Camerasin Cameras
Goodwin & Co. Old Judge Tobacco Baseball Card of Henry Boyle. 1887 - Baseballin Baseball
Stull Daguerreotype Viewing Case, c.1855 - Camerasin Cameras
Stereo Daguerreotype of a Girl, mid-1850s - Photographsin Photographs
Stylophot “Pen” Camera. 1955 - Camerasin Cameras
Tokima DigiRobo Watch (original 1983 model) - Wristwatchesin Wristwatches
Peewee Reese Autographed Baseball Card - Bowman Color; 1953 - Baseballin Baseball
Photographers & Their Cameras - “A Sudden, Terrific Volcanic Explosion at the Crater of Asama-Yasma”; Japan. 1903 - Photographsin Photographs
Schaub Multiplying Camera, c.1900 - Camerasin Cameras


  1. Your camera has a specific version of Kodak's ball bearing shutter (without the pneumatic shutter release tube) that started appearing on the No.4 sometime during mid-1913. It was listed in catalogues...
  2. Thanks! valentino97 Manikin
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  5. Thanks, BB2 for the comment and info ... I changed the title and description to be a donkey! Thanks for the comments, Scott!
  6. Thanks, OMG!
  7. Thanks, Radegunder!
  8. Scott ... happy to help. On the topic of post-mortem photography, there is an excellent book entitled "Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America" (Twelvetrees Press, 1990). I have signed copy N...
  9. Hi all ... this image was shot with a shutter which construes 'instantaneous' photography. By definition, instantaneous refers to sub-second exposures. Daguerrian photography enjoyed significantly sho...
  10. Thanks again, farmlady!
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  13. Scovill had tokens for two different address. The 101 William St. address had the liberty head. This 57 Maiden Lane version has advertising text on the reverse side: "Scovill Manufacturing Company ...
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  16. Thanks! Sean Designer
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  18. Thanks! Nicefice antiquerose Radegunder sanhardin
  19. Thanks, John ... and your polished wood model is a beauty. And yes, I've seen many fakes ... versions in which the leather is stripped off and wood refinished.
  20. Thanks! verbatim whitman75 farmlady mtg75
  21. Thanks! David mtg75 jscott0363 GeodeJem
  22. Thanks, John ... #7745 and has a "PAT. APL'D FOR" stamped inside the back confirming your comment that it's an early example. As a post-1900 camera, I don't study these like my early wood cameras. Hav...
  23. Thanks! shughs Michael fortapache vetraio50
  24. Thanks! Lady_Picker jscott0363 shughs Michael
  25. Thanks, mcheconi!
  26. Thanks! Scott vetraio50 shareurpassion Caperkid
  27. Happy Halloween!
  28. Thanks, Manikin!
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  31. Difficult to know the exact lens formulation without taking it apart and looking at the glass; but the s/n points to a date sometime around 1857 to 1858.
  32. The camera is definitely wet plate based on the rear detail and overall it looks American. In regards to the 2x3 lens array, anything other than 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 arrays were very uncommon but known. ...
  33. See if you can open the camera (drop the front bed) so that the lens, standard, bellows (etc.) can be seen. Then post a picture.
  34. Too difficult to see the camera. Hopefully you can post something I can see in detail. Looks interesting. - Rob
  35. The camera looks like a Stereo Waterbury by Scovill. Definitely dry plate and matches the image's 1880s timeline.
  36. Thanks, valentino97!
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  38. It doesn't appear to be part of any camera design I am familiar with. Maybe it is an accessory for negative retouching or some type of tool for projection. What does the back look like?
  39. That's a fun pic, Scott.
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  41. Unfortunately we need to see a jersey number or similar to positively identify the player. But it's an interesting image.
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  45. Here is the post for the viewer this stereo dag is mounted in: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/169537-stull-daguerreotype-viewing-case-c-1855?in=user
  46. Thanks, shareurpassion!
  47. Thanks! Ben Manikin David John
  48. Thanks! fortapache pw-collectorpw ho2cultchaho2 kyratango Scott
  49. FWIW ... here is a post I did of an uncut tintype group that you might find interesting: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/82219-rare-uncut-tintypes-of-husband-and-wife Also ... Scott brings ...
  50. Tintypes, for the most part, are somewhat sturdy yet should be stored in a controlled low-humidity environment in which the temp does not change dramatically. As with any silver based photographic im...
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