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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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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
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


  1. 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
  2. Thanks, Watchsearcher!
  3. Thanks, Thomas!
  4. Thanks! Hunter AntigueToys vintagegirl66
  5. Thanks! usedcarlady Radegunder Designer
  6. I passed through Rochester, NY on June 5th (RVing with family) and stopped into the George Eastman House Museum to visit a friend who is the technology curator. Whenever I visit, I get to go into the ...
  7. Thanks! leighannrn crswerner oldpeep trukn20
  8. Thanks, shughs!
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  10. Thanks! plein-air-painter f64imager shareurpassion
  11. Thanks! ho2cultcha Hemonurseholly Ben
  12. Thanks! fortapache Michael BB2 purvis
  13. Thanks! valentino97 Mrstyndall bobby725
  14. Thanks! pw-collector keramikos yougottahavestuff aura
  15. Thanks! JohnK Thomas Broochman
  16. Thanks, Sean!
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  19. Thanks! hunterqlee vetraio50 Watchsearcher
  20. Thanks, Sean!
  21. Hi Dave ... thanks for the info! I'll update the post to note this is a pocket watch fob. Great to learn about this after all these years.
  22. Thanks, egreeley1976!
  23. Thanks, Roycroftbooksfromme1!
  24. For those who are curious about the camera in the first picture, here is the Korona Special's CW post URL: https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/788-a-rare-and-elegant-1903-presentation-cam
  25. Thanks, vintagegirl66!
  26. Thanks! usedcarlady f64imager
  27. Thanks! Thomas AnythingObscure
  28. Thanks! dlpetersen bobby725 hunterqlee
  29. Thanks! crswerner Daddy_Nobucks Toyrebel
  30. Hi Thomas. The film stock looks to be 35mm. Can you verify? Also look closely at the edges to see if there is any information. Film stock made after 1957 often had the word "safety" to denote it was n...
  31. Thanks! oldpeep aura Michael
  32. Thanks! JohnK verbatim BB2 mcheconi
  33. Thanks! fortapache vetraio50 lisa
  34. Thanks! Thomas Ben
  35. 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 ...
  36. Thanks! Vynil33rpm lisa
  37. Thanks! Mrstyndall Designer AntigueToys Beachbum58
  38. Thanks! ho2cultcha yougottahavestuff
  39. Thanks! Hunter AnythingObscure loves this. chrissylovescats farmlady
  40. Thanks! shughs Michael Thomas vetraio50
  41. 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...
  42. Thanks! kwqd Radegunder aura Sean
  43. Thanks! Manikin Ben Daddy_Nobucks
  44. Thanks! JohnK fortapache MALKEY
  45. Thanks, BB2! Appreciate your comments and humor.
  46. Thanks! hunterqlee SpiritBear pw-collector bobby725
  47. 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 ...
  48. Thanks! Lisa Calvinkearns
  49. 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...
  50. 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.
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