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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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Brass Volute Shutter. c.1902 (the beauty of early camera shutters #9) - Camerasin Cameras
Ancient Pottery Vessel-Artifact Excavated in Central America - Potteryin Pottery
Le Tour de France: commemorative 100th anniversary stamps (2003) - Stampsin Stamps
Comparing Two Early Stereo Camera Designs - Camerasin Cameras
Antique Bear Themed Contract Bridge Trump-Suit Indicator - Animalsin Animals
Hit Camera (1950s) paired with a rare Petzval Cone Centralitaseur Lens (1850s) - Camerasin Cameras
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


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  9. These are uncommon. Refer to my CW post for more information: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/176549-eastman-kodak-dime-bank-save-your-dimes?in=rniederman The combination is supposedly the...
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  13. I relooked at the camera and saw a number of construction details that indicate it is a Long Focus Wide Angle Wizard made by the Manhattan Optical Company. It would have a highly polished wood interio...
  14. My opinion is the camera was made by the Century Camera Company and dates to roughly 1904 or a couple years later. Century became part of Eastman's company around that time. The stand also looks like...
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  40. Oh my … this is a twist on the Facile. I've never seen this variation and cannot find references to match it. What's also interesting is the brass binding. As a comparison for folks looking at this po...
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  47. In looking at the EKC logo on the base, online references state it was used from 1907 to 1934 … 27 years or so. This was a good starting point to check my library of Kodak consumer catalogues (1886 - ...
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