No 2 Portrait Brownie cameras in 'fashion' colours, 1929-1935.
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George Eastman marketed the original Brownie to be an inexpensive camera for the mas market. The camera, which was designed by Frank Brownell, 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. This camera, which was produced in a range of colours, was the first to be designed and built at the new Kodak camera factory at Harrow, Middlesex. Prior to this, all Kodak cameras were imported fromthe United States and Canada.