Vintage cameras

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I chose my blog’s theme because it matches my collection of vintage cameras! Above is a quick attempt at an iPhone Pano of my collection (which is apparently too wide for a basic shot, but you get the idea).

I acquired my collection of 9 vintage cameras from various places, mostly during the early 2000’s from the Venice High School Flea Market. At that time I was going regularly,  and it was always good for at least one fantastic score of some cool old item or another. It’s probably still awesome, but since I moved to San Diego in 2006 I haven’t been back.  I have very fond memories of that market, so I do intend to go back someday soon.

In any event, it’s where I got most of my current small but lovely collection (listed in no particular order):

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Kodak Brownie Target Six-20

This was the first in my collection. According to this site, it may be from 1946.

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Kodak Brownie Starlet

Can’t find out much about this one as of yet, so I probably need to buy this book, stat.

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Kodak Baby Brownie Special

This one was first produced in 1939, according to this site. I’m pretty sure mine is made of bakelite. (I heart bakelite.)

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Kodak Instamatic X-15F

This is one of the few that I didn’t get at the flea market. This was part of a kit I found in the Long Beach Unified School District’s warehouse for old stuff when I was a teacher.  The kit was a slide making kit, which included this camera, plus a metal holder for it that had a square base, so that you could put the item into it and the camera would be held steady for the photo. According to this site, it’s probably a 70s-80s model.

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Kodak Brownie 127 Camera

This picture reveals my poor dusting habits. Be that as it may, I still love my cammies.  This one was produced between 1952-1959 according to this site.

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Kodak Tourist II Camera

Again, one of the few that I got outside the flea market, this one was a gift from our good friend Joe. What a sweetie! Not sure where he picked it up.  It was manufactured from 1951-1958.  This guy wrote quite a nice blog post about it.

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Kodak Brownie Starflex Camera

Manufactured from 1957-1964, this is one of two in my collection that have the “reporter’s flash.” At least, that’s how I always think of the large flash piece. Here’s more info on this camera.

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Kodak Brownie Holiday Flash Camera

This camera is the second of two with a large flash apparatus.  I think it’s so cool-looking. According to this site it was manufactured from 1953-1962.

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Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Instant Camera

Looks like Polaroid catalogs this on its own site, which was a nice surprise. When you click the Shop button on that site, however, it takes you to Amazon.com, where the first one I can see at the time of this posting is listing for almost $300.00. Wow! But I would never sell this one because it is one of the few things I have left from my mom & dad.  I (think) I remember when Mom bought this one, Polaroids were quite the thing back then.

That’s the end of my catalog – for now. Hope you enjoyed checking out these beautiful pieces of machinery.

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