Saturday, 2 April 2011

Kodak No.2 Brownie

At the turn of the last century, you could have purchased a Kodak Brownie from shops like this one below.

I however had to order my Kodak No.2 Brownie online and it arrived in the post during the week. There are accounts that Frank Browne used a Kodak Brownie. I have also read that it could have been a Plaubel 'Baby' Makina - a strut folding camera that used film plates. To my surprise the Kodak Brownie it is really small and light!

The device is very simple in its design and easy to use. It takes 120 film which I believe can still be bought today. This particular camera is in perfect working order the only difficulty is that the view finder has clouded like cataracts over time but I'm sure it could still take a photograph. I took out the inside casing for the film, to my astonishment the metal and wooden parts look as fresh as the day it was manufactured. Embossed on the metal are the patent details. It states 1903, 1911 and 1916. So this camera is approximately 95 years old, a few years newer than Fr Browne's.

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