Vintage and Classic Cameras
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Vintage box cameras.

The classic box camera. The box camera's raison d'être was to simplify photography for everyone. Usually a simple box with a waist level finder and a basic shutter. To qualify for this collection, the viewing method cannot be direct, as that would make it a view camera, so whilst there are boxy looking cameras, if they have a frame sight or view sight of any type, they won't be included here. Box cameras were very popular from their inception and millions were produced by many manufacturers, many Kodak "Brownies" amongst them. Most used roll film, but some used glass plates. A handful even had variable shutter speeds, aperture and focus control but the vast majority were simple affairs, some even being made from cardboard. The images produced by these box cameras were decidedly variable and as expectations rose and quality equipment became cheaper the box camera died out in the 1960s. That's not to say they didn't make the occasional splash, the famous and controversial Cottingley Fairies image, was taken with a Butcher's box camera.

Those in the LICM collection are listed here in date order, starting with the oldest.

 

Thumbnail CameraKodak, various box cameras representing 1901 1933
Thumbnail CameraButchers "The Midg" Falling quarter plate camera, c1905
Thumbnail CameraEnsign Box Camera E29 roll film, about 1930s
Thumbnail CameraAgfa, Agfa Box 44, 120 roll film box camera, c1932
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Voigtländer Brillant, 120 roll film, reflex view camera, c1932

Although it looks like a TLR, it's not, and with no direct view, it's really a box camera.

Thumbnail CameraZeiss Ikon, Box Tengor 54 box 120 camera, c1934
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Ensign Ful Vue, c1946

This qualifies as a box camera, as the only method of viewing is through a waist level finder, albeit a big one.

Thumbnail CameraEnsign Ful Vue, c1948?

This qualifies as a box camera, as the only method of viewing is through a waist level finder, albeit a big one.

Thumbnail CameraKodak, Brownie Six-20 Model D, roll film box camera, c1953
Thumbnail CameraEnsign Ful Vue Super, c1954

This qualifies as a box camera, as the only method of viewing is through a waist level finder, albeit a big one.

Thumbnail CameraKodak, Brownie Six-20 Model F, roll film box camera, c1955

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