Kodak Brownie 127 camera, 1952-1959.
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Manufactured by Kodak in the United Kingdom, several million of the Brownie 127 were produced between 1952 and 1959. The camera featured an unusual solution to optical problems. Its simple, single-element lens formed an image in a curved, rather than a flat plane and to ensure that pictures were sharp acros a flat piece of film, the designer curved the film path to match the curved image. The original Brownie, designed by Frank Brownell, was produced by Eastman Kodak in 1900. From then until the 1980s Kodak maintained a tradition of manufacturing inexpensive, simple to use, point and shoot cameras bearing the Brownie name.