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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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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
Guinness Time Magazine. 1953 Christmas Issue Cover - Advertisingin Advertising


  1. 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...
  2. Thanks, Nathaniel.J!
  3. This was a premium sales camera. Introduced June 1985.
  4. Thanks, AntigueToys!
  5. Thanks! Collectables59 Vynil33rpm Thomas
  6. Oh yeah … you hung the sign. Anyhow, get jazzed on java and go find more stuff!
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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 ...
  10. Thanks, yougottahavestuff!
  11. Thanks! Collectables59 Rulandma farmlady Mrstyndall ho2cultcha
  12. Thanks! oldpeep Brunswick f64imager Neighborguysfan
  13. Thanks! scottvez Licorice1977
  14. Thanks! yougottahavestuff Sean f64imager
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  17. Thanks! Vynil33rpm EliY789 valentino97 Hunter Watchsearcher
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  19. Thanks! Michael vetraio50
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  21. Thanks, Thomas!
  22. 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, ...
  23. Thanks, Vynil33rpm!
  24. Thanks, bobby725!
  25. Thanks! yougottahavestuff Radegunder Nursekent lisa
  26. 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
  27. It's an accessory to retouch negatives. There are a couple others posted here on CW.
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. Thanks, Roycroftbooksfromme1!
  31. Thanks! lisa buckethead kyratango f64imager
  32. Thanks! AnythingObscure Vynil33rpm JohnK
  33. Thanks! MALKEY Sean Mrstyndall ho2cultcha BB2
  34. FWIW ... there are photograph magnifiers but they are very different. Refer to my post: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/206422-american-stereographoscope-mid-1870s Thanks!
  35. Thanks! Michael vetraio50 fortapache Roycroftbooksfromme1
  36. Buckethead pretty much figured it out. These are magnifiers (focusing aids) to use on ground glass screens for critical focus. When shooting large format, lens focal lengths are somewhat long and focu...
  37. Not a viewfinder, telephoto lens or microscope lens ... good guesses. Clue ... not picture taking lenses.
  38. Hey Neil ... not small binoculars or monocular. Thx. Clue ... these are camera accessories.
  39. Not a miniature spy glass or antique lenses. However, Roy's wife got real close with the idea that these are "for looking at viewfinders." And yes Roy, you loose points for the misspelling! :)
  40. An eye loupe for negs is a really good guess … but not quite right!
  41. Hey Roycroftbooksfromme1 … actually not a bad guess but nope. Hi Watchsearcher … a very good guess that is close but not correct.
  42. Thanks, Lisa!
  43. Thanks, mcheconi! Please post your Kodak 3A camera.
  44. Not sure what more you need to know. McKeown's guide pretty much summarizes the key information and notes it is a rare camera.
  45. These are film winders for metal development spools (reels). The rounded ends fit into the center of the spool. Film is inserted into the flat parts in the slots. The end of the film is then pushed in...
  46. Congratulations to the MN Twins in setting a new MLB record for the most team homeruns in a season! On a sad note, Minnesota's iconic Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery announced it will close their ma...
  47. Thanks! Elisabethan Tennetennis
  48. Thanks, mtg75!
  49. Thanks! egreeley1976 Vynil33rpm AntigueToys usedcarlady Longings
  50. Thanks! Sean Chevelleman69 Neighborguysfan rustyboltz
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