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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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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
Antique Bear Themed Contract Bridge Trump-Suit Indicator - Animalsin Animals
Hit Camera (1950s) paired with a rare Petzval Cone Centralitaseur Lens (1850s) - Camerasin Cameras


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  26. Your No.3 Folding Hawk-eye Model No.1 was made from 1904 to roughly 1915. It shot 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch pictures on 118 rollfilm. The camera is in very poor condition and would have sentimental value (no...
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  46. 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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  50. 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...
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