Child with a Brownie camera, c 1900
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A snapshot photograph of a little boy dresed as a Brownie, taken by George Alfred Wyatt (1870-1922). The child is Frank Morrison Wyatt, the son of the photographer. Frank's mother, Rosemary Brookes Wyatt, made the toadstool and costume. The camera held by Frank is a Kodak Brownie, made by Eastman and designed to retail at a low price. The camera was literally a cardboard box with a wooden end, yet it took perfectly good photographs. First produced in 1900, the camera was named after characters from a popular series of children's books by the Canadian writer and illustrator Palmer Cox (1840-1924). Kodak advertising featured drawings of these pixie-like Brownies.