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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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
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


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  8. Looks like a Dubroni. Need more pictures of the camera. There should be a plaque on the rear. Is there a brass hole at the top of the body? Is there a glass bottle inside the body?
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  11. The Mycro you have is in a category of cameras known as Hit style ‘subminiatures.’ Although there is a specific camera named Hit, to collectors "Hit" is also generic term for any number of subminiatur...
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  32. Trompe l'oeil in rock poster art ... that's cool.
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  35. Thanks, Ben ... yes ... it is mahogany. The majority of early builders used mahogany.
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  38. Phil ... of all the cool things you post, my favorites are these mascots. - Rob
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  43. Hi eye ... thanks! About your question ... technically, I wasn't a Northsider, but grew up in the Northern suburbs.
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  45. It's good you didn't sell the camera for $20. In excellent and fully working condition it would have a collector value of $150 - $200. The non-working shutter does decrease the value a bit, but it wou...
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  49. This is a Rolleicord I with the art deco, nickel plated exterior made from about 1933 to 1936.
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