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'No 0 Brownie' (Model A) roll film box camera, 1914.

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'No 0 Brownie' (Model A) roll film box camera, 1914.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


George Eastman marketed the original Brownie to be an inexpensive camera for the mass market. The camera, which was designed by Frank Brownell, was literally a cardboard box with a wooden end, yet it took perfectly good photographs. As well as being cheap, the camera was extremely simple to use, even for children. The Brownie made photography accessible to the masses in a manner similar to how the introduction of the Model T Ford popularised motoring. Eastman named the camera after characters popularised by the Canadian children's author, Palmer Cox.

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