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Brownie Hawkeye camera flash model
So here is the camera Find of the Week I picked it up about a month ago =)
It is a Brownie Hawkeye camera flash model
Kodak made a slew of cameras bearing the moniker 'Brownie' from roughly 1900 untill the mid 1980s, ranging from box cameras to folders and frequently only having the name in common. The Brownie Hawkeye was available first as simply the Brownie Hawkeye camera and then flash capability was added to make it the Brownie Hawkeye Flash camera. Non-PC as usual for Kodak; this required a special Brownie flash called - wait for it - "Kodalite Flasholder Lumaclar Reflector". Yikes. The original has a metal wind knob, the Flash model a plastic wind knob and the word 'Flash' on the frontispiece*. The non-flash model was only made for a couple of years and so is slightly more collectible.
Maybe worth $10.00 instead of $5.00 =) I payed $1.00

Type: Box roll film
Introduced: May 1949
Discontinued: July 1961
Film size: 620
Picture size: 2 1/4 X 2 1/4"
Lens: Meniscus
Focal range: assume 2m to infinity for most box cameras
Shutter: simple spring w/sliding aperture disc or Rotary
Shutter speeds: one speed, about 1/30 (?) plus 'B'
Weight: 15.5oz (439.4g)
Original price: Hawkeye $5.50 and Flash $7.00


Baby Brownie Special
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Baby Brownie Special
Baby Brownie Special

Ok so I picked this up at a yard sale yesterday who knew ;o) I paid 25cents for it now it is missing the Viewfinder but will look good with my other cameras ;o) anyway
Now this is what I found out about this camera

In 1930 In order to update the original box Brownie, Kodak commissioned Walter Dorwin Teague (Design Patent D-92,830) to create a more modern and convenient box camera using the new wonder material, Bakelite. {Now Don’t you just love Bakelite I do ;o) } The Baby Brownie emerged as a small basic camera (in the art decó style) with direct vision optical finder. The shutter is operated by the lever under the lens. Cameras made for export in 1939 have "brief/time" button, above the lens. Both of these cameras were made in the USA. The cameras were manufactured from 1934 to 1941 in the USA and from 1948 to 1952 in the UK.

· MANUFACTURER: Eastman Kodak Company (US) and Kodak Ltd. (UK)
· PRODUCED: between: 1934 – 1952
· Introduced: Sept 1932
· LENS: Meniscus
· SHUTTER: Rotary
· FILM SIZE: 127
· PICTURE SIZE: 1 5/8 X 2 1/2" or 6 x 4 cm
· Original price: $1.25
· Approximate worth?: $10-17 but I did find some asking As high as $35.00


AGFA D-6 Shur-Shot Box Camera
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AGFA D-6 Shur Shot Box
I picked this camera up about 2 months ago for 2 bucks at a yard sale It had the manual too so was Interesting to read about it so here is what I know.

AGFA D-6 Shur-Shot Box Camera
·Produced 1932-? Agfa Ansco Corp, Binghamton, NY USA
·Film type D6 (116) rollfilm
· Picture size 6.5x11 or 6.5x6.5
· Weight 21.8oz (618g)
· Lens single-element meniscus
· Focal range assume 2m to infinity for most box cameras
· Shutter simple spring w/sliding aperture disc
· Shutter speeds one speed, about 1/60
· Viewfinder two ground glass screens (reflectors are polished steel)
· Exposure meter none

a American made box camera the model D6, which takes 116 film, Picture size selection (square vs. rectangle) is done by flipping some metal 'wings' down or up inside the back of the camera (on the pullout part known as the 'cone'). Operation is super-simple, just aim the fixed-focus lens at the subject, composing on your choice of landscape or portrait format ground glass, and click the shutter.
Agfa-Ansco made box cameras in both D6 (116) and B2 (120) format, and it's hard to tell the difference unless you see it say D6 or B2 somewhere on the camera.
There are three controls on the Shur-Shot: 'Shutter' (shutter), a tab marked 'Time' which when you pull it out equals a 'B' setting (shutter is open until released), and another tab marked 'Diaphragm' with two detents, one marked 'filter' which puts another piece of glass between the lens and the film, and another which gives a slightly smaller aperture. So there are actually two 'aperture' settings, large and small. it's essentially a cardboard box with a very simple shutter and lens
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Pre War 1939 Argus candid camera

I got this camera last weekend at an Estate Sale it was one of the first 35mm cameras, and it has every adjustment you can think of for the time, a pre world war II Camera looks like it will be fun to play with ;o)

Pre-War Argus A2B
·Focus Type: 2 Position (6ft - 18ft and 18ft - Infinity)
·Years Manufactured: 1939 - ~1945
·Introductory Price: $12.50
·Approximate Introductory Price in 2003 Dollars: $165.00
·Serial Number Range: ~56215 - 244601
·Shutter Type: Pre-war Ilex Precise
·Lens Speed: f/4.5
·Aperture Settings: f/4.5, 6.3, 9, 12.7, 18
·Shutter Speeds: 1/200th sec, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, B(ulb), T(ime)
·Extinction Meter/Calculator: Yes
·Flash Synch Tubes: No
·Anastigmat Lens
·Pressure Plate: Fixed
Serial Number 69178

The first Argus camera, known as the Model A, was manufactured in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1936. It was an immediate success as the first low-cost, easy-to-use 35mm film camera in the world. Thirty thousand cameras were sold in the first week at $12.50 each! Worldwide sales of this model continued until 1950. The popularity of the Model A strongly influenced Kodak to switch their film manufacturing from a 126 to a 35mm format, which remains the dominant film in use today

The Argus was designed to use the new Kodak 35mm daylight-loading cartridge. This film cassette entered the market in late 1934 with the first camera designed to use it, the Kodak Retina. The new cartridge could be reloaded in a darkroom with surplus 35mm movie film, which was often plentiful and cheap. When Kodak introduced Kodachrome, the first color film, it was only available as roll film in the Kodak 35mm film cartridge, boosting this film format’s popularity. This cartridge was also the first that could easily be loaded into a camera in daylight. Such simplicity played a factor in the success of the Argus. The symbiotic relationship between Argus cameras and Kodak’s 35mm film cartridges boosted the popularity of both. The Argus A, and its more famous successor, the Argus C/C2/C3, are the primary reasons that the 35mm film format was established as firmly as it was, despite the plethora of similar formats that have been introduced and forced upon photographers in the last seventy years (UniveX 00, Kodak 828, 127, 126, 110, Disc, APS, etc…).

IRC’s engineers had extensive experience molding Bakelite and took advantage of this knowledge in designing the body of the Argus. Bakelite allowed the camera body to be cheaply decorated with a distinct Art Deco flair. Gustave Fassin, an engineer for IRC, is generally believed to have designed the Argus, though the patent is credited to Verschoor and makes no mention of Fassin.

Now Prospects seemed so promising that Verschoor decided to give up radio manufacturing altogether and sold off the patent rights for the Kadette radio to IRC’s general sales manager, W. Keene Jackson, who went on to found the soon-defunct Kadette Radio Corporation. IRC changed its name from International Radio Corporation to International Research Corporation to reflect this redirection in corporate focus


Brownie Flash SIX-20
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Brownie Flash SIX-20
Brownie Flash SIX-20

Now this is a camera given to me by my mom, she used it for many years recording the family history now I keep it on a shelf next to a cigar Box full of old photos, memories of a life time.

Brownie Flash Six-20 (1946 - 1955)

The body of the Six-20 Flash Brownie is made of metal covered with black leather.
Lens & shutter are typical for this type of camera: meniscus lens and rotative shutter. The focusing is done by selecting one of the two ranges of distance offered: "5 to 10 feet" and "Beyond 10 feet". The shutter offers two speeds: [I] instantaneous and Pause [B].

The shutter release located on the top of the camera can be locked in order to avoid unexpected snapshot. On the other side is the film advance wheel. The camera has, on the left hand, a folding stand used to position the camera vertically (due to a rectangular format). Uses A film format 620 (Six 20) and The possibility to connect a bulb flash powered by 2 batteries of 1,5 volts

Old Kodak advertisement
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Kodak dog film enlargement advertisement
Well I went out and picked up an old Kodak advertisement the kind of thing you would have seen in a drug store in about 1930 here is a pic of it I do not know much about it yet if you do let me know ;o)

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