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Child with a Brownie camera, c 1900

Wyatt, George Alfred

Child with a Brownie camera, c 1900
4 0 c m
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm


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.

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© Kodak Collection / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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