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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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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
Waterbury View Camera (unused condition). 1885-86 - Camerasin Cameras
Glen Gem Camera. 1891 - Camerasin Cameras
Blair Tourograph Camera Advertising Card with Original Photograph; 1880. - Camerasin Cameras
Tele-Photo Cycle-Poco Camera, 1897-99 - Camerasin Cameras
London Transport Souvenir Camera. Late 1990s. - Camerasin Cameras
Woman Holding Vase - a contemporary print from an original glass plate negative - Fine Artin Fine Art


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  4. This is one of the Poco series cameras made by Rochester Camera & Supply Co. or Rochester Optical and Camera Co. In my opinion (need to see a good side view of the camera - replace pic #4 with a side ...
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  8. Thanks! Hunter AnythingObscure loves this. chrissylovescats farmlady
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  10. This is a German camera. The overall design was very common and several builders copied each others, which makes identification extremely difficult. I've seen a lot of these cameras, and many go unide...
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  14. Thanks, BB2! Appreciate your comments and humor.
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  16. Although a bit worn, this is a really good studio view camera. The Harrison lens is a very desirable American radial drive design dating to the late 1860s. While it would be helpful to replace one of ...
  17. Thanks! Lisa Calvinkearns
  18. What you have is a folding bellows camera in which someone added a viewfinder from a 1950s Pigeon Camera (Shinano Camera Co. LTD. (Japan). In other words, the Pigeon viewfinder is not original to the...
  19. Forgot to add that the camera sold for $27.50 in 1915 (with the automatic shutter and rapid rectilinear lens) plus $1 to include the Autotime scale.
  20. Here is some info about your camera. I'm traveling and will not have access to my complete library until early April. Anyhow, the No.3A Folding Pocket Kodak series was incredibly popular with seve...
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  22. Great album. Herb Albert's talent is immense. I've seen he and Lani Hall twice playing at a Minneapolis jazz club.
  23. Thanks, Thomas!
  24. Thanks, Vynil33rpm! Hi Darin ... I'd love to find that shutter for you!
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  28. Late thanks to Pam-and-J.C.Elliott!
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  35. Yup, BB2 … condition as found! The back of the camera has a lot of collodion staining.
  36. Thanks, clockerman!
  37. Thanks, Sean!
  38. Thanks, filnet … the Roadshow segment is very interesting. I would love to handle the camera to closely examine its components and operation.
  39. Your appraisal sounds good but there is a limit of what can be done when looking at snapshot pictures. Did Barnaby's include a disclaimer that the item was appraised from pictures and not physically h...
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  43. Thanks! Michael kyratango Brunswick Toyrebel EJW-54
  44. Great history! Happy Holidays, Manikin.
  45. Thanks, Thomas!
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  48. Happy holidays, Thomas!
  49. Happy holidays, Michael!
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