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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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
Unknown American Field Camera. c.1890s - Camerasin Cameras
Early Photographic Gallery Token – Raymond’s Photograph Gallery. 1863 - Camerasin Cameras
Fossilized Ichthyosaurus Vertebra with 100% Pyrite Displacement - Animalsin Animals


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  5. Nice camera. I’ve always considered Century red-bellows folding cameras as a classic American design. I have several (not all) early catalogues and the No.43 appears from 1906 to 1910. It was listed a...
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  14. The Solar enlarger was made by Burke & James as noted on the metal label. It was sold in the mid-1940s to 1950s. This particular model was available in the 1940s. B&J Solar enlargers came with Wollens...
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  26. I've always regarded the Movikon as a wonderfully quirky design.
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  36. These deco styled folding cameras are handsome ... looks to be in really good condition.
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  47. Very nice image. Camera is more than likely a wet collodion (wet plate) apparatus made by American Optical or Scovill (the companies merged later on). The wide back indicates this is a multiplying...
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  50. The camera shown in the picture was available at the time the Cyclists Cup was offered: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/141420-lightning-camera-c-1899
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