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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Marshall Field & Co. Bronze Inkwell, probably 1920s - Pensin Pens
A round with Guinness – 1950 Gleneagles Advertising Study by Gilroy - Signsin Signs
The Rare Guinness Branded 1860s Globe Lens - Camerasin Cameras
Back to the future … digital photography is older than you think! - Camerasin Cameras
Onondaga No.6 Folding Plate Camera, c.1900-01 - Camerasin Cameras
Waterman’s Parrot Fountain Pen Desk Set, c.1901 - Pensin Pens
E. & H.T. Anthony Ascot Cycle, No.2 Camera. c.1899 - Camerasin Cameras
Artistic Vintage Camera Catalogue Covers, #4 - Booksin Books
Ascot Cycle Camera No.2 Shutter, 1899. (the beauty of early camera shutters #8) - Camerasin Cameras
Ernie Banks “Mr. Cub” - Baseballin Baseball


  1. Hi Melicious ... good question ... I spend too much time admiring the beauty of all my cameras!
  2. Thanks, Sean!
  3. Thanks, GeodeJem and Manikin!
  4. This is not unusual. Kodak was a truly international company with operations in London (1890s) and Canada (founded in 1899 as Kodak Canada, Inc.). In 1898, American Eastman Kodak and British East...
  5. Thanks! Sean Moonstonelover21
  6. Yes. Yours is aluminum bound. These are nice cameras that often appear on eBay. Here is an all wood version I posted here a while back: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/75826-teeny-tiny-wood-an...
  7. It is an English camera made by Shew.
  8. Thanks! toolate2 getthatmonkeyoutofme
  9. Thanks, Ben!
  10. Thanks, whitman75!
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  13. Thanks, valentino97!
  14. Thanks! surfdub66 undreal
  15. Thanks, vetraio50! And you're right. It does look like a camera lens popping out. How did I miss that? Thanks, David, Arisellon, and antiquerose!
  16. Thanks! Arisellon antiquerose
  17. Thanks! aghcollect Michael
  18. Here are a couple references. This camera with a single lens mounted could make the multi-image sheet you have: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/138163-e-and-h-t-anthony-climax-multiplying-c...
  19. These are referred to by collectors as uncut sheets - no real specific name. We mostly see uncut tintypes from the 1860s to 1870s. By the time of this image, tintypes were on the decline. The phot...
  20. Nice ... this was taken by a multiplying camera. I really like uncut images (and tintypes) like this. Multiple images on a single plate was an inexpensive way to make lots of little pictures. Some...
  21. Thanks, Michael!
  22. Thanks! kyratango David
  23. Thanks! Ben aghcollect
  24. Thanks, Sean!
  25. Thanks, AnneLanders!
  26. Thanks again, GlueChip!
  27. Thanks, antiquerose!
  28. The glass looks really similar to an example I posted a couple years back: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/76756-durand-bowl You thought it might be Pallme Konig or Kralik. Anyhow, nice glass...
  29. Thanks, Michael!
  30. Thanks, Michael!
  31. Thanks again, vetraio50! Glad you appreciate it.
  32. Thanks! GeodeJem Beachbum58
  33. Thanks, paris1925!
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  39. Thanks! kyratango ho2cultcha katherinescollections Moonhill
  40. Thanks, Manikin!
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  42. Thanks! David racer4four fortapache pops52 vetraio50 aghcollect
  43. Thanks! Eric (yep ... April 1st patent) David racer4four fortapache vetraio50 pw-collector aghcollect
  44. Thanks, Sean! Thanks, noob ... :)
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  47. Thanks! Sean Michael racer4four vetraio50 aghcollect
  48. Thanks! David valentino97 Manikin
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