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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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Blair No.3 Focusing Weno Hawk-eye. 1902-03 - Camerasin Cameras
Two 1850s American Daguerreotype Cameras: An Important Design Transition - Camerasin Cameras
Celebrating 10 Years on Show & Tell! - Tobaccianain Tobacciana
Richebourg Daguerreotype Camera w/Reversing Mirror (French, 1842): understanding laterally reversed pictures - Photographsin Photographs
A Tiny Tintype - Postage Stamp Format - Photographsin Photographs
Uncommon Photographic Accessories, 1890s - Camerasin Cameras
No.5 Folding Kodak: 1893 Stereo Model  - Camerasin Cameras
A visit to the George Eastman Museum's photographic collection - Camerasin Cameras
Souvenir Camera Key Ring / Pocket Watch Fob w/Two New York Images - Camerasin Cameras
Glass Camera Candy Container. c1913 - Advertisingin Advertising


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  20. Ben … good questions. It’s a worthwhile discussion topic … Most of these really early dag cameras have thick leather bellows. The outer leather protects heavy cardboard slats that reinforce the pl...
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  44. Hi rickzog4 … first, I agree with Scott's suggestion to do some research on the bat. In regards to my opinion about a Wing camera, there were a lot of multiplying view cameras made from the late 1...
  45. I agree … nice image. These extremely small pics are sometimes referred to as "postage stamp" images because they are smaller than the 1/16th plate standard format. Only a couple cameras could produce...
  46. Nice image. It's a trimmed 8x10 print. In regards to dating and other info, I suggest contacting the Yoerg Beer company via their website: https://yoergbeer.com/. In the Minnesota Historical Society w...
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