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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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
Chambre de Voyage Camera. European, 1890s - Camerasin Cameras
USMC Bayonet 2000 Knife - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Vintage USMC M40 Rifle Barrels in Detail - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Prototype Leatherwood USMC M16 scope - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…


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  20. Hmmm ... this postcard pretty much sums up the MN Twins' 2016 season. We tanked! Maybe we'll do better next year with a better pitching staff!
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  43. "Gem" is a term used to describe a small format image such as a tintype. There is no exact standard of measure of a gem format image ... just that it is small. Gem images are made on multiplying camer...
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  45. That was quick TallCakes ... greatly appreciated. I looked up Hofbauer 'Byrdes' collection, found the piece and some background info. Thanks!
  46. Looks like a cobbler's hammer ... probably the child of a cobbler. Craftsmen were proud of the tools of their trade.
  47. Long overdue thanks to Sean!
  48. Glass candy containers are very cool. I have one in the shape of a camera someplace.
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