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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T206 Autograph HOFer Baseball Card - Rube Marquard (Pitcher) - Baseballin Baseball
Anthony Clifton Camera, 1898 – 1906 - Camerasin Cameras
Collage of Kodak Amateur Catalogue Covers. 1886-1941 - Camerasin Cameras
Unknown American Field Camera. c.1890s - Camerasin Cameras
Early Photographic Gallery Token – Raymond’s Photograph Gallery. 1863 - Camerasin Cameras
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Clarus MS-35 Camera. 1946 - 52 - Camerasin Cameras
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The P.D.Q Detective Camera (E. & H.T. Anthony), 1890-91 - Camerasin Cameras
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  9. But you have to admit he has a terrific mustache! - Rob
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  12. Thanks, PCC! Yes ... $17 would have been a good deal for this camera in 1903.
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  15. The Walker is historically important. I've seen pictures of several of these in collections. One collector has an early cabinet card showing a photographer with the Walker on a tripod!
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  18. I should clarify. "Autographic Photography" was the concept of writing on the film. During it's life, Kodak included the autographic feature on many cameras. Accessory backs were also available to ada...
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  22. I had not seen this album before and, let's face it, Joni and Charles were geniuses. (Besides, I really like Mingus' music.) - Rob
  23. Kodak called it "Autographic Photography". It was a feature from about 1915 to 1935. - Rob
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  25. This is a contact printing frame for the Printing Out Process (P.O.P.) that uses special printing-out-paper. The two white bulbs look like they are slightly different. The intent is to control the amo...
  26. The whole set up with the camera inside the bear is very cool. Great find! - Rob
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  30. Baseball is back! Pitchers and catchers reported to their respective camps today (Monday, Feb. 13th) and I'm ready to start watching the spring training games. Will the Cubs contend a second year in a...
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  39. Thanks! SpiritBear ... yep ... a good camera to choose. kerry10456
  40. While I specialize in early pre-1900 American cameras, admittedly this is pretty cool. I am traveling for another several weeks and don't have access to my camera references. In my eyes, the camera's ...
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  44. Has the look of a Brazilian agate.
  45. Hi j1800 ... you ask a good question but unfortunately it's impossible to figure out if a particular camera made a tintype. Small tintypes are typically cut from a larger sheet of images. Simon Wing a...
  46. Great information!
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  50. BTW ... Disdéri is historically important and best known for patenting his version of what was then known as the 'calling card' into what became the immensely popular CDV format ('visiting card').
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