Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week. Today I thought I would share a little vintage Kodak Brownie love. The cameras began selling in 1900 and sold until 1980. The original Brownie was actually a cardboard camera. Because of its affordability and simplicity, the Brownie made photography available to more people. I'm only sharing a small fraction of Brownie models because there are just too many for one post!
The No.2 Brownie was produced from 1901 to 1935. It was first manufactured with cardboard but later moved to a metal format. This camera was the first camera to use 120 film. The camera above can be found here and 120 film here.
One of the most recognizable Brownie cameras is the Hawkeye. Kodak produced this camera from 1949 to 1961. The neatest thing about the Hawkeye is that it will expect 120 film without re-spooling it onto 620 spools. 620 film is still produced but can cost more than twice as much as 120 film. Find the camera here and 620 film here.
The Brownie Starmite can literally fit in the palm of your hand. The original Starmite was produced from 1960 to 1963 and the Starmite II was produced from 1962 to 1967. The Starmite and similar Starmatic take 127 film, which can be harder to find than 620 film. You can however, find 127 film here and the camera here.
The Brownie Bull's-Eye was made from 1954 to 1960 and came in black and gold (as pictured above). This camera also uses 620 film. Find the camera here.
The Brownie 127 was one of the most popular Brownie cameras made. It was produced from 1952 to 1959. The camera was manufactured in the UK and over 250, 000 were imported to the US & Canada between 1953 and 1954. As you may have guessed by the name, this camera uses 127 film. You can find the camera here.
The Six-20 Brownie was first introduced in 1933 and variations were produced until the late 1950s. Interestingly, the UK models were quite different than the US models in appearance and construction. The name of this Brownie also gives away its film needs. Find the camera here.
And to finish things off, how about a 1958 Kodak Brownie TV ad!
Enjoy your weekend! I'm not entirely sure where this week went but I am excited for this weekend. Grant and I are going to see Evil Dead tonight. I'm don't know what to expect because the original is such a classic but it's been a long time since I was excited for a horror movie. We're also celebrating my brother-in-law's 30th birthday this weekend at our favourite Indian restaurant. Tomorrow night we have a friend from Vancouver playing a show at a local bar. Live music in small bars is one of my favourite things.