'Brownie Flash 20 camera', illustration on box of Kodak camera, c 1959.

'Brownie Flash 20 camera', illustration on box of Kodak camera, c 1959.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

The Brownie Flash 20 was introduced in 1959. 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. 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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