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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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Kodak Folding Pocket Brownies (Nos 2 & 2A): Early 1900s  - Camerasin Cameras
‘Mystery’ Photographic Accessory (a challenge), very early 1900s - Camerasin Cameras
Dinosaur Fossil Gembone Slab on Maple Burl Display - Animalsin Animals
Peck & Snyder Baseball CdV Card - The First “True” Baseball Card. Published 1869. - Baseballin Baseball
Gibbs Camera (½-plate format), 1888 - Camerasin Cameras
Premo Supreme Camera. 1902. (The ultimate American self-casing plate camera?) - Camerasin Cameras
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


  1. Agfa is an old company originally started in Munich, Germany in the mid-1800s. There is lots of info about Agfa on the Internet. About 1925 is when "Agfa" named cameras started to be produced. This vi...
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  19. Hi Seb and welcome to CW. Thomas, thanks for reaching out. Your camera model is the "Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak." As background, in 1899, George Eastman founded a division in Canada. This is...
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  21. Hi, rhineisfine ... thanks for checking this out. There are no questions about what this is or how it is used. I post these 'mysteries' for fun with full knowledge of the items. In regards to the East...
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  28. Hi Celiene ... thanks for looking. Cameras are complex and easily modified which makes authentication difficult. It's one of the reasons antique dealers avoid rarer types. Stereo equipment are interes...
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  30. SDCameraFan ... Yes. The Stereo Brownie made vertical picture pairs. Its format was 3¼ x 2½ inches. After printing, a single sheet of printing paper with the image pairs was pasted onto a mount. da...
  31. Thanks, Scott. On the "mystery" post, I added a picture of the device with the Stereo Brownie.
  32. dav2no1 pretty much nailed it ... well ... roughly 98% right! Impressive! This is a device to print stereo negs. It was made by Kodak specifically for its No.2 Stereo Brownie. The camera is posted ...
  33. Hi Shuzbut ... thanks for the love and comment. I wish my card was a nice as those others at auction! They are exceptional examples. FWIW ... my card is slabbed and certified by SGC.
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