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Kodak Baby Brownie Special Camera

Kodak Baby Brownie Special Camera
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Eastman Kodak Company
date made
ca 1950s
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Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 9.5 cm x 8 cm; 3 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in
Credit Line
Gift of August W. Heubner
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Popular from the 1939 World’s Fair into the 1950s, the Kodak Baby Brownie Special was a small black camera made of bakelite, with white shutter button and winding knob and featuring a braided strap. With a rigid view finder and focus-free lens, it produced eight 3¼ x 3 inch photographs from 127 film.
From its invention in 1839, the camera has evolved to fit many needs, from aerial to underwater photography and everything in between. Cameras allow both amateur and professional photographers to capture the world around us. The Smithsonian’s historic camera collection includes rare and unique examples as well as popular models.
Currently not on view
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Artifact Walls exhibit
Place Made
United States: New York, Rochester