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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Brownie camera

Hello everybody and welcome to Vintage Thingie Thursday sponsored by Suzanne at coloradolady.blogspot.com. This week I have been busy participating in Pink Saturday, Blue Monday and Rednesday, so I'm running out of pictures. I need to take some more. This is the Brownie camera that belonged to my parents. I talked Mother out of it before my sister did!
I looked everywhere for a date but could not find one. I do know this was used in the early 60's because I used it a couple of times myself.
Aren't you glad we don't have to lug this around today?


In order to take a picture, you had to look down into the viewfinder which is on top of the camera. Then after taking a picture, you had to wind the film to the next exposure. Love my digital!






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29 comments:

Postcardy said...

I think the "Brownie" name sound so cute and fun.

LV said...

Time does change things, but that style camera did make great pictures.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I HAD that first camera, or one exceedingly like it. It was my Christmas gift sometime in the 60's when I was in late grade school.

Eileen said...

I remember my Mom and Dad had that camera during the 60's. The flash attachment was so big!

Coloradolady said...

I think my mom and dad had one of these, I remember the bulbs were so hot! Have a great VTT!

Maureen said...

How cool! The evolution of the camera is pretty interesting. That looks like monster compared to our digital camera but that was soooo modern for it's time.

Dawn said...

but it is cute!

Ann Creek said...

I think everyone in our families had one of these. I still have pictures from them. Great find. Ann

Elizabeth said...

My sister has a collection of cameras through the ages that were all "excavated" from family basements and attics. None in the original box as awesome as this, though.

P. said...

The Brownie was a very popular camera for Kodak for a long time. My dad had one and took some great pics we still have. Never saw one in the box with the flash attachment. This is a nice one, but yeah, would want to trade in my digital for it...well, then again, it depends on the day, ha.

Linda said...

I had a Brownie camera and I loved it. Found one at a yard sale not long ago, keeping to memories alive.

Rita said...

This was the camera everyone wanted back when I was in high school. It was also responsible for a very sad memory of my high school graduation ceremony.

We had terrible storms that day and half way through the ceremony we had a power failure. Someone remembered there was a box of candles under the stage left over from prom, so we finished by candlelight.

As we were having the exit procession out of the gym in the dark, one of the mothers standing in the bleachers, wanted a photo of her child that she thought was a few feet in front of her. The flash bulb exploded in the face of a girl that was only inches from the camera with the broken glass being embedded in her eyes.

Being a remote rural area during severe weather caused an extreme delay getting her into the nearest hospital and the poor girl was left with varying degrees of blindness in each eye.

Can't blame a good camera for the carelessness of the operator though.

Nana Moon said...

Don't you just love getting the good stuff before your sister does? I have 3 sisters so I know what's it's like! This camera is GREAT. Cannot believe you still have the box. That flash must be BLINDING! Too fun! Thanks for sharing!

Serendipity Handmade said...

I love old cameras! I'll have to post about my little collection someday!

Debbie said...

And it even has the box! What a fun thing to have.

Janet, said...

I have my mother's camera also. It isn't a Brownie, but you use it the exact same way. You hold it down and look in the view finder. Mom loved taking pictures and I treasure the one I have of hers.

Ulla said...

Lovely treasure, and so great you still have the original box to it.

Tammy said...

Nice camera and it is cool that yours has the original box. I wonder if you can still buy film for it?

AshTreeCottage said...

That camera may have a big clunky flash, and it may be hard to find film for it now, but it is charming and I love it!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Manang Kim said...

Oh my that is awesome. The chunky flash is back but with the dslr kind of cameras. And also it is made in USA!! How cool is that. Happy weekend!

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crochethuahua said...

Wow! I love it that even the box is in great shape. What a find!

ReadingRosie said...

Cool camera! Aren't you glad you kept it :)

Mrs. P. said...

First off, congratulations on the weightloss! Great job.

My Mom had a brownie when we were little kids. I remember her taking our picture almost every Sunday morning all dressed up for Sunday School. Your post brought back memories :)

Blessings!
Gail

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

I can't imagine what the value is on that with the box. How wonderful!

Stacey said...

I kept my parent's old camera as well- It's a wonderful piece of family history and a great conversation starter.

Pam said...

I wonder what happened to my parent's camera. Maybe my sister has it!

Troy said...

My mom didn't have a flash, so when she wanted a picture we all had to go outside and stand looking into the sun, because if the sun was at our backs, you couldn't see our faces.

Ah yes, those were the days.

Kari said...

I have no idea how I found your blog but I'm in love! Another junk lover!!
Kari

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

This kind of thing always reminds me of my dad :) He had a few old cameras and I think one of these too but without the box - I think it was his own!

Visiting late from VTT,
Tracy