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 America's rarest wooden cameras and worked to uncover 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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American-Style Chamfered Daguerreotype Camera. c.1850 - Camerasin Cameras
Cased 1/9-Plate Daguerreotype of Unidentified Gentleman. Early 1850s. - Photographsin Photographs
E. & H.T. Anthony Ascot Cycle, No.1 Camera. 1899-1900 - Camerasin Cameras
Blair Combination Camera. 1882 - Camerasin Cameras
Fun Piece of Petrified Wood - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Collapsible Cyclists Cup - 1897 - Sporting Goodsin Sporting Goods
Shew Xit Wooden Strut Camera, late 1890s to early 1900s - Camerasin Cameras
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


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