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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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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
Waterbury View Camera (unused condition). 1885-86 - Camerasin Cameras
Glen Gem Camera. 1891 - Camerasin Cameras


  1. Thanks, Roycroftbooksfromme1!
  2. Thanks! lisa buckethead kyratango f64imager
  3. Thanks! AnythingObscure Vynil33rpm JohnK
  4. Thanks! MALKEY Sean Mrstyndall ho2cultcha BB2
  5. 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!
  6. Thanks! Michael vetraio50 fortapache Roycroftbooksfromme1
  7. 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...
  8. Not a viewfinder, telephoto lens or microscope lens ... good guesses. Clue ... not picture taking lenses.
  9. Hey Neil ... not small binoculars or monocular. Thx. Clue ... these are camera accessories.
  10. 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! :)
  11. An eye loupe for negs is a really good guess … but not quite right!
  12. Hey Roycroftbooksfromme1 … actually not a bad guess but nope. Hi Watchsearcher … a very good guess that is close but not correct.
  13. Thanks, Lisa!
  14. Thanks, mcheconi! Please post your Kodak 3A camera.
  15. Not sure what more you need to know. McKeown's guide pretty much summarizes the key information and notes it is a rare camera.
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
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  25. Thanks! JohnK oldpeep Michael MALKEY
  26. Hi Roycroftbooksfromme1 ... you're spot on. It's a good feeling.
  27. Thanks! Daddy_Nobucks yougottahavestuff Roycroftbooksfromme1 vetraio50
  28. Thanks! Newfld fortapache
  29. Thanks, Ben!
  30. Seal dry mount presses were the best known and desired back when I was doing photography in the '70s through '90s. I once owned, and extensively used, a Seal Commercial 210m dry mounting press. Althou...
  31. Thanks! ho2cultcha oldpeep Longings Chevelleman69
  32. Very nice images. And if you look closely, the brothers are leaning on a studio posing stand. You can see the base of the stand behind their legs and a bit of the vertical post. These typically had a ...
  33. Hi Sean … I have 15 pieces and looked at all of them and have seen many other pieces over the years (including a fabulous desk set). Many have factory numbers but none have hand-engraved numbers. Unfo...
  34. Thanks, leighannrn!
  35. Love Sorensen items. You got a great deal because nice pieces get pricey. I have a decent collection and also have a lidded bowl with duck handle posted here.
  36. Thanks! Nordicman32 Watchsearcher
  37. Thanks, Lisa!
  38. Thanks! Mrstyndall Cathyz verbatim
  39. Thanks! austrohungaro trukn20 rustyboltz
  40. Thanks! shughs farmlady bobby725 Cathyz
  41. Thanks! vetraio50 mcheconi Sean ttomtucker
  42. Thanks! JohnKratz f64imager GeodeJem Hunter
  43. Thanks! Toyrebel shareurpassion fortapache Vynil33rpm
  44. Thanks! Thomas BB2
  45. Thanks! Ben Michael
  46. Thanks! vetraio50 MALKEY
  47. These are cute cameras. More information about the camera can be found on my Show & Tell post at: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/68564-ingersoll-shure-shot-detective-camera-c
  48. Thanks, Watchsearcher!
  49. Thanks, Thomas!
  50. Thanks! Hunter AntigueToys vintagegirl66
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