Beau Brownie camera with doublet lens, 1930-1933.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Beau Brownie camera with doublet lens, 1930-1933.

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Brownie camera with geometric styling by American designer Walter Dorwin Teague. George Eastman marketed the original Brownie to be an inexpensive camera for the mas market; when first introduced in 1900, the price of the camera was just $1(5 shillings in UK). As well as being cheap, the camera was extremely simple to use, even for children. The Brownie made photography accesible to the mases. Designed by Frank Brownell, the camera was literally a cardboard box with a wooden end, yet it took perfectly good photographs. Eastman named the camera after characters popularised by the Canadian children's author, Palmer Cox. Manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co, Rochester, New York, United States.

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