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Box and snapshot roll film cameras
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[manufactured between 1897 and 1964] (Manufacturing)
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85 pieces of photographic equipment : cameras
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Scope and content
Series contains simple, snapshot cameras designed for mass public consumption, taking advantage of the new flexible roll film that was developed in 1883. The box camera was a logical follow up from the original simple camera obscuras, often having only one shutter speed, simple lenses with minimal f-stop capabilities and manual winds.
The trend arguably began with George Eastman's in 1888 with the first, amateur, handheld camera, "The Kodak", which came pre-loaded with 100 exposures. After exposure, the entire outfit was returned to the Eastman Kodak company, where the film was developed, prints made and sent back to the customer with the camera, now re-loaded with more film.
Many millions of similar cameras were sold, both high and low end, manufactured by different companies and eventually developing into the modern point-and-shoot camera.
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Immediate source of acquisition
Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives Special Collections department from several different sources:
Cameras from the Dennis Cannon collection donated by Mr. Cannon in 2012.
Cameras from the Wilhelm E. Nassau collection donated by Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011
Cameras from the Garry Taylor collection donated by Mr. Taylor in 2008
Cameras from the Irvine George Rumney collection donated by Avril Rumney in 2007
Cameras from the Glen Clifford collections donated by Mr. Clifford in 2006
Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives from several different sources and arranged in the Camera Collection by type.
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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.
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Further accruals are expected.