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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Baker’s Stereo Daguerreotype Viewing Case with Original Image Pair, mid-1850s - Camerasin Cameras
Flammang's Patent Revolving Back Camera (rear focus pattern), c.1883-98 - Camerasin Cameras
Springfield M1903 Rifle Sterling Silver Presentation Sight Covers (awarded in a 1932 rifle / pistol match) - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Fossilized Pliosaur Humerus Bone with Pyrite Displacement - Animalsin Animals
Lake Superior Agate (with a rarely seen feature) - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Antique Pressed Glass Covered Standing Bowl with Bird Etchings - Glasswarein Glassware
Scroll  & Border Negative (Photographic Imaging) Advertisements. 1888 & 1896 - Photographsin Photographs
Sectioned Petzval Portrait Formula Lens. 1850s - Camerasin Cameras
Morley Wet Plate Field View Camera. Mid-1860s. - Camerasin Cameras
Hoffman Bourbon Decanter - Bottlesin Bottles


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  3. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse ... appreciate all the 'loves' over the years! I didn't know your name changed.
  4. Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse ... funny about showing the link to the lens. However, you're right. These are not inexpensive. Have you looked at my other stereo dag case posts? http://www.collectorsweekl...
  5. Hi PCC ... you are correct that the image is very sharp. Daguerreotypes are pictures created directly on the surface of a silver coated copper plate. You pretty much get the full resolution of the len...
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  16. Thanks! PostCardCollector (glad you appreciate the image) pops52
  17. Thanks! ravage60 pw-collector pops52
  18. Thanks, Sean!
  19. Ohhh ... Nikkormat EL was a good camera. I had one of those as well. Here's one of my Nikons that still hangs around: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/100673-the-good-old-days-sturdy-nikon-gear
  20. Thanks! Hunter ho2cultcha
  21. BTW ... I was a Nikon user in the '60s and '70s as well. My enlargers were Beselers; started with a 23c series and later moved to a 45 mcrx to handle 4x5 negs. I really liked Agfa (especially Brovira)...
  22. Thanks! rockbat PCC Scott
  23. Thanks! Michael racer4four
  24. The cases appearing on eBay are thermoplastic. Unfortunately a lot of people mistakenly think that thermoplastic cases are gutta percha.
  25. Thanks, Lisa!
  26. Thanks! fortapache NevadaBlades
  27. Thanks! pops52 BB2
  28. Thanks, Oroyoroyisthatyourhorse! Here is the front focusing version of this camera: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/158348-flammangs-patent-revolving-back-camera
  29. Thanks, Thomas. Brady is historically important and I've always wanted to own something from one of his studios. Maybe someday!
  30. Thanks! surfdub66 kyratango Caperkid
  31. Thanks! leighannrn Designer
  32. Thanks! Michael Manikin BB2
  33. Thanks! aura David
  34. Thanks! Thomas vetraio50 racer4four
  35. Thanks, packrat-place!
  36. Thanks, pops52!
  37. This 35mm camera was made by Oshiro Optical Works. This is a scale focus camera which means that you have to guess the focus distance because there is no rangefinder. It dates to about 1956 and is a n...
  38. Thanks! OneGoodFind
  39. Thanks, pw-collector!
  40. Thanks! Bensallright vetraio50
  41. I'm smiling! Fun to see an early picture with a happy face ... quite unusual but there it is. I'm guessing several tries had to be done to get the picture. Here's a link to the photographer - Frederic...
  42. Thanks! Efesgirl Midnight1208 pops52
  43. Thanks for adding, Scott. I was writing more info when you replied.
  44. I thought to add a little more detail to this thread because thermoplastic union cases are very interesting and highly collectable. It is also believed that the term 'union' refers the joining or comb...
  45. Thanks! OneGoodFind martika NevadaBlades
  46. I like the case ... actually, for many collectors these cases are more interesting than the images. I believe it is actually a thermoplastic case and that gutta percha is typically a misnomer. Scottve...
  47. Utility Mfg. Company made a series of these cameras which are referred to as their "minicam" style. It dates to around 1939 and makes 3 x 4 cm images. There should have been a metal badge on the lens ...
  48. The content from Historic Camera is good. I know the guy who runs the website. He gets the camera information from actual company catalogues. And I learned something new about Persian morocco leather.
  49. Thanks! katherinescollections NevadaBlades
  50. Thanks! aura Rick55 kyratango
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