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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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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
Magic Lantern Walking Stick, 1880s - Camerasin Cameras
American Collodion Wet Plate Camera by John Stock, late 1860s - Camerasin Cameras


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  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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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  16. This is a No.2 Hawk-eye Model C. It appears (in various forms … i.e. cartridge and rainbow models) in my Kodak catalogues from 1926 to 1931. Take a look inside the rear cover or on the sides of the ro...
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  18. For those interested in understanding why some pictures are reversed laterally (left-to-right), refer to my post that follows up on this: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/273917-richebourg-dag...
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  20. This was a premium sales camera. Introduced June 1985.
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  23. Oh yeah … you hung the sign. Anyhow, get jazzed on java and go find more stuff!
  24. It's been a while since I've played with a Folding Gem Poco. As I recall, the camera has a sector shutter. It is very simple and rarely ever breaks. The round knob on the front panel cocks the shutter...
  25. Remember that really great coffee grinder you bought years back? I suggest making a nice grind and brewing a strong cup. You'll get buzzed up enough to figure out how to hang the sign! :) - Rob
  26. Hi Brian … here's how to open your camera. Look at pic #2. It is the front of the camera showing the drop bed. Now look for a hidden button underneath the leather carrying strap. The body leather has ...
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  39. No worries, Scott … I like it when a post generates a good, educational discussion. I also looked at some of the images. Agreed most look like paper. One looks like a dag. Regarding website postings, ...
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  43. These date from the 1880s to early 1900s. More information can be found here: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/25920-what-is-this?in=166
  44. It's an accessory to retouch negatives. There are a couple others posted here on CW.
  45. I've only seen two reversing devices for sale in nearly 30 years of collecting. I wish I owned one. The great collector Matthew Isenberg had a couple in his collection. I have two fuzzy pictures of de...
  46. Thanks, Scott … good info. To add, the reason dags and tintypes are mirror images is because the pictures are made directly on the plate without a negative. The camera lens reverses the image. And yes...
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