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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Blair Tourograph, c.1880-82 - Camerasin Cameras
Bell's Straight Working Panorama Camera, c.1912 - Camerasin Cameras
E. Jacobs Daguerreotype Gallery Token, c.1850-58 - Camerasin Cameras
Stereo Brownie Shutter, 1905. (the beauty of early camera shutters #7) - Camerasin Cameras
St. Paul Ice Carnival Stereoview #2 (Illumination of Third Street), 1888 - Photographsin Photographs
Aluminum Camera Shutter, 1894. (the beauty of early camera shutters #6) - Camerasin Cameras
Study for Champagne Bollinger Advertisement, c.1920s (my date attribution) - Posters and Printsin Posters and Prints
Forrest’s Patent “Due-Ratio” wooden drop shutter, c1888.  (the beauty of early camera shutters #5) - Camerasin Cameras
Blair Camera Company Wooden Shipping Box, c.1880s - 90s - Camerasin Cameras
St. Paul Ice Carnival Stereoview, 1888 - Photographsin Photographs


  1. Thanks, antiquerose and hotairfan!
  2. Thanks, Manikin and antiquerose!
  3. Thanks, Ben and Eric!
  4. Ostrich covered versions of these cameras are uncommon. It's also great that the original brown bellows is intact.
  5. Thanks! Michael blunderbuss2
  6. Thanks, mcheconi! I was very fortunate to acquire this camera years back and have never seen anything similar since.
  7. Thanks! Manikin vetraio50 aghcollect
  8. A late "thanks", aghcollect!
  9. Thanks, Kydur!
  10. Thanks, David! I agree ... the early photographic pioneers would be amazed.
  11. Thanks! Sean PatSea
  12. Thanks, toolate2!
  13. Thanks, Eric and pops52!
  14. Thanks, packrat-place!
  15. Thanks, vetraio50!
  16. Thanks! egreeley1976 chrissylovescats trunkman sanhardin Chevelleman69
  17. Thanks, Sean!
  18. Thanks! Manikin David PatSea
  19. Thanks, Kydur and fortapache! Kydur ... thanks for the comments. It's not unusual for me to sell cameras to acquire, rarer examples. I've never seen an attributed image made by a Bell’s panoramic. ...
  20. Thanks! Jewels aghcollect Michael
  21. I have some of these. Brings back memories.
  22. Thanks! trukn20 sugargirl mtg75 leighannrn shughs
  23. Thanks! Chevelleman69 Virginia.vintage
  24. Thanks! Militarist BB2
  25. Thanks, David!
  26. Thanks! Sean Eric PatSea fortapache cratedigger.
  27. Thanks! CindB PatSea
  28. Thanks, BB2! And you ask a really good question; something I haven't really thought about. I haven't done a study of photography tokens but it appears no more than a handful of photographers (less tha...
  29. Thanks, leighannrn!
  30. Thanks! leighannrn shughs
  31. Thanks, aghcollect!
  32. Thanks, pops52!
  33. Thanks, Sean!
  34. Thanks! leighannrn shughs PatSea
  35. Thanks! vetraio50 Kydur David
  36. Thanks! zguy2112 ho2cultcha
  37. Thanks! Virginia.vintage Manikin ho2cultcha
  38. Thanks, cratedigger! And I appreciate getting feedback from someone who understands these. FWIW ... it also has the same printing on the other side.
  39. Thanks! blunderbuss2 Manikin CindB ho2cultcha
  40. Thanks, inky!
  41. Thanks, Hunter and Ben!
  42. Thanks! Jewels Michael cratedigger. pops52
  43. Thanks! Michael pops52 aghcollect
  44. Hi Alan ... I see you posted the camera. This is a Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak made from 1915 to 1926. The black enamel finished model (this camera) was made until around 1919. It shot 1-5/8 x 2-1/2...
  45. Thanks, Alan! The No.2 Stereo Brownie is scarce and about 4,000 total were made from 1905 to 1910. Here is my CW post of the camera with shutter: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/73098-celebrat...
  46. Thanks, pops52!
  47. Thanks! aghcollect packrat-place
  48. Thanks, Eric!
  49. This appears to be an enlargement of the original contact sheet. As background, 35mm negs were usually contact printed on 8x10 inch paper. Unsure of value because this is not the original contact shee...
  50. The lens is a low grade third party product. Optically it doesn't perform as well as the name-brand Olympus Zuiko lenses. As a note, although there is a desire to use older lenses on digital cameras, ...
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