“B” is for Brownie: The infamous Kodak Brownie.
Brownie cameras are probably the best known of antique cameras. It seems inevitable that if I mention that I collect cameras, someone asks me if I have a Brownie. The answer is yes.
Most often, when people ask me if I have a Brownie, they’re thinking of the box camera.
But did you know that every single camera pictured below is a Kodak Brownie?
This Brownie belonged to my grandmother.
This is the label on the side of the special “Anniversary Brownie” that Kodak gave away for its 50th anniversary.
Here are two Brownies, both which seem to have been cast from the same mold. One, however, was manufactured in Canada.
How about this beauty that was made in England?
This one is a lovely one as well:
But, by far, my favorite Brownie is this one:
This is just a small selection of the Brownie cameras we have in our collection. But now you can see why I always cringe a bit when someone asks me if I have a Brownie. There’s a lot of Brownie cameras. Which one was yours?
Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1
The other cameras featured in this A to Z Challenge are linked on this page.
O those are beautiful Brownies! I remember them – my parents owned them; I doubt I was allowed to use them. What a great collection!
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Thanks for sharing your cameras with us.
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Wow, that’s a lot of Brownies!! Cool cameras!
My dad found his way to Nagasaki in 1949 while on leave in Tokyo. Had a Brownie. We have the photos in an album, they are probably hot. Dad’s immune system crashed following that and he was a medical discharge from the navy–they never told the seamen about radiation.
Wow, what an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!