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Heritage Camera Collection

  • 2005.006
  • Collection
  • [between ca. 1860 and 2010]

The Heritage Camera Collection is comprised of cameras, mainly from the Wilhem E. Nassau Camera Collection, the Irving G. Rumney fonds, and several other small, individual donations. This collection traces the evolution of the tools of popular pho...

Early cameras

This series consists of original and duplicate early cameras from the beginning of the history of photography. Based on the basic design of the camera obscura and produced between about 1820 and 1870, these simple devices were usually solid or sli...

Mousetrap camera [replica]

Item is a small, wooden camera obscura with a single meniskus lens to demonstrate function of matt glass focusing screen and focal length. It is a replica built in the style of the small "mousetrap" cameras designed by William Henry Fox ...

Nassau, Wilhelm E.

Wooden camera obscura [replica]

Cameras of this kind were used during the 18th and 19th century by artists and travelling tourists to sketch landscapes and buildings. A piece of transparent paper was placed on the matte screen. One could now trace the outlines of the subject as ...

Nassau, Wilhelm E.

Jules Carpentier Photo-Jumelle

Item consists of a Jules Carpentier Photo-Jumelle, a rigid-bodied binocular camera. One lens is for viewing and the other is for taking single exposures. This jumelle-type camera is not a stereo camera. The magazine holds 12 plates that are 4.5 x ...

Dry plate cameras

This series contains cameras designed for use with commercially manufactured dry plate negatives. Produced between about 1880 and 1900, these cameras began to be marketed to amateur photographers due to the relative ease of using dry plates. Expos...

Kodak Premo No. 9 combination case

Item consists of a black leather case with red velvet lining containing a Premo No. 9 Kodak folding camera, two wooden negative holders, and the camera manual. The camera used 5 x 5 or 5 x 7 plates or film packs.

Field cameras

This series contains view cameras whose lighter and more compact design, as compared to larger, studio style cameras, allowed for them to be easily transported for use in outdoor settings and for travelling. Alterations like collapsible bellows (f...

Reversible Back Premo camera

Item is a folding field camera for exposures on 8x10 plates, manufactured by the Rochester Optical and Camera Company. Wood camera with red bellows and brass hardware. Created for advanced amateur and professional photographers, the back was rever...

Folding (bellows) cameras

This series contains cameras designed for roll film and employed a folding design, in which a front flap opened and lens and bellows extended from the camera body. This design balanced the need to produce large sized negatives while making the cam...

No. 3A Autographic Kodak camera, Model C

Item is a folding camera with black leatherette case and leather bellows. Features a cord with metal push button shutter-release. Fitted with a Kodak Antistigmat lens f7.7 (170mm), No. 11592. Took Autographic film No. A-122. Serial no. 652261.

No. 3A Folding Autographic Brownie

Item is a folding camera for 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. exposures. The Autogrpahic feature allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper with a special stylus. A window opened in the back of the camera to expose the backing pa...

No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr.

Item is a folding camera for For 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. exposures on A-116 film. This was a version of the No. 1A Kodak Jr. updated to include the autogrpahic feature, which allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper wi...

Ensign model V

Item is a folding camera for 3 x 4 in. exposures on Ensign quarter plate film. Lens is an Ensign Anastigmat series 6 lens, Sector shutter 1 sec. - 1/100 sec.

Agfa Standard Type 254

Item is a folding roll film camera for 6 x 9 cm. exposures. Equipped with a brillant and optic viewfinders and Agfa-Anastigmat, 4.5/10.5 cm lens.

No. 3A Autographic Kodak special

Item consists of a No. 3A Autographic Kodak special folding camera that makes pictures sized 3.25 x 5.5" on 122 film. Comes with CRF rangefinder. This is one of the very first cameras manufactured with a coupled rangefinder. The Autographic f...

Voigtlander Bessa II

Item is a folding camera, designed as an updated version of Bessa RF (1936), with housing for coupled rangefinder in chrome instead of black. Synchro-Compur 1/500 shutter. Heliar f3.5.105 lens. 6 x 9 cm prints on 120 roll film.

Ihagee Rulex camera

Item is an early folding plate camera with a Rulex triple anastigmat F13, 1:4 lens and an unmarked compound shutter. Includes both a brilliant viewfinder and optical direct finder.

Kodak Tourist camera

Item is a typical mass-produced, self-erecting, folding roll film camera for amateur use. Made 8 5.7 x 8.25 exposures on 620 roll film, but could be converted for other formats with the Kodak Tourist Adapter Kit.

Ansco Vest Pocket No.0

Item is a small, folding strut camera for making 4 x 6.5cm exposures on 127 film. Unlike folding bed cameras, the lens remains exposed (on the outside of the camera) when the camera is collapsed. Lens is an Ansco Anastigmat f6.3.

Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta (A) 531

Item is a high quality black leather-covered folding roll film camera, with a rangefinder of the rotating wedge type, gear coupled to front cell focusing lens. This camera has a chrome top. It has the normal lens - a Tessar 75 mm 1:3.5. and a Sync...

Agfa Isolette I

Item is a folding camera for 6 x 6 cm roll film exposures. Shutter release is on the body, but there was no double exposure prevention. Equipped with a Agnar F4.5/85mm lens with Vario shutter.

No. 2A folding autographic brownie

Item is a folding autographic camera that allowed one to write on the negative using a metal stylus. Photos were taken on 120 roll film. In 1917 the ends were changed from a squared to rounded version, and the No. 2A was produced with the rounded...

Jiffy Kodak V.P.

Item is a Vest Pocket strut camera for 4.5 x 6cm exposures on 127 roll film. Strut cameras differed from other folding cameras in that the lens remained exposed or uncovered when the camera was folded down. This model has a Bakelite body. Mckoewn ...

Kodak Senior Six-20

Item is a self-erecting folding amateur camera for 8 exposures of 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2 x 4 1/4") on 620 roll film. This camera originally sold for $30.00 in the United States.

Kodak Premoette Senior camera

Item is a self-erecting folding bed camera for use with 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2" x 4 1/4") Premo brand film packs. Lens is a Rapid Rectilinear lens by Bausch and Lomb with a Kodak Ball Bearing shutter and cable release.

No. 2 Folding Autographic Brownie

Item is a self-erecting folding camera for 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2" x 3 1/4") exposures with 120 autographic roll film. The Autogrpahic feature allowed notes to be made on the film by scratching them into the film paper with a special stylu...

Bentzin Primar folding camera

Item is an compact double extension folding plate or sheet film camera for 9 x 12 cm (3.5" x 4.75"). Lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1 :4,5 f : 13.5cm with a Compur shutter (1 to 1/200th). The camera has both a brilliant viewfinder and ...

Kodak Vest Pocket Model B

Item is a folding strut camera from the popular Eastman Kodak Vest Pocket Kodak series. For 4.5 x 6 cm (1.75" x 2.36") exposures on small format, 127 roll film.

Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic

Item is a folding trellis strut camera from the Vest Pocket series for 4.5 x 6 cm (1.77" x 2.36") exposures on 127 roll film. Lens is a Kodak Anastigmat 84mm f4.7, with a ball-bearing shutter with B,T, 1/25, 1/50, etc.. A case in included.

Balda Baldax 6x6

Item is a folding camera for 6 x 6 cm (2.36" x 2.36") exposures on 120 format roll film. Lens is a Schneider Xenar 7.5cm f2.9 with Compur Shutter.

Plenax PB-20

Item is a typical folding 620 roll film camera - uses an inset mask to shoot 6 X 9 cm or 6 X 4.5 images. Shutter has no ID marking. Tripar Lens.

Kodak Vigilant Junior Six 20

Item is a typical Kodak folding roll film camera for 620 film. The simple Kodak shutter allows T, B, and I. The Kodet lens goes from F1:12.5 to F:32. The non-optical viewfinder is a folding frame type, there is also a brilliant viewfinder. The cam...

Kodak Monitor Six-20

Item is a folding Roll film camera for 620 film. Viewfinder on top, with Kodamatic flash shutter and synchron contact. Kodak anastigmat 4.5 105mm lens. The Monitor was also manufactured for 616 film.

No.3A Folding Pocket Kodak Model B5

Item is a vertical style folding bed camera for 8.25 x 14 cm (3 1/4" x 5 1/2") exposures on 122 roll film. The shutter has Timer and Bulb settings and a Bausch & Lomb lens.

Kodak Recomar 18

Item is a folding camera for 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2.25" x 3.25") plate or sheet film. The camera was designed as the Nagel 18 by Dr. August Nagel for his company in Stuttgart Germany and renamed the Recomar 18 after the company was purchased b...

Kodak No 2 Folding Cartridge Hawk-Eye model B

Item is a Kodak No. 2 Folding Cartridge Hawkeye Model B camera. Manufactured by the Canadian Kodak Co. Limited in Toronto, Ont. Shutter made in Rochester N.Y., U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Co. Features a Kodex No. o meniscus lens with a Kodak shutter w...

Contessa-Nettel folding camera

Item is a Contessa-Nettel folding/bellows camera. Only the structure of the camera exists, it is missing a lens. The company Contessa-Nettel AG was a German company that existed between the years 1908 and 1919. The company was known for cameras wi...

Folding camera with Compur leaf shutter

Item is a folding (bellows) plate camera with a Compur leaf shutter. Compur leaf shutters were manufactured from 1912 to 1935 when the Compur-Rapid model was released. Shutter is an earlier, dial set model. Item features a collapsing front bellows...

Folding camera with Ibso shutter

Item is a folding (bellows) plate camera with an Ibso shutter . Ibso shutters were manufactured by Gauthier from 1908 until 1931 when Zeiss took over the company and offered faster models. Three blade diaphragm , spring powered, pneumatic exposure...

Rio 12C

Item is a Rio 12C folding camera manufactured by Orionwerk Akt. Ges. Hannover. IBSOR DRP Meyer-Gorlitz Nr. 434172 Anastigmat Trioplan 1/6.3 F=10.5 cm lens. Company existed as Orionwerk from 1921 to 1933.

Kodak Bantam f5.6

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam f5.6 model 828 film camera. It is a compact folding camera with an f:5.6 50mm Kodak Anastigmat lens.

Kodak Tourist II

Item consists of a Kodak Tourist II Camera. It uses 620 film and makes 8 6x9cm frames. The lens is a Kodak Anaston f:4.5 105mm, and the shutter is the Flash Kodamatic, although there were many different lens/shutter combinations available. It has ...

Foka, folding camera

Item consists of a Foka folding camera with a F. Deckel-Munchen leaf shutter and a Rodenstock Trinar Anastigmat 1:4.5 f=10.5cm lens. The maker of the shutter, F. Deckel, was a German company based in Munich. The Foka cameras were imported from Ger...

Kodak Bantam f6.3

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam. It is a folding camera that used Kodak's 828 film format. It is a black compact camera with a Kodak Anastigmat f-6.3 53mm lens, a rigid finder, and a plastic body.

Kodak Bantam f4.5

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam. It is a folding camera that used Kodak's 828 film format. It is a black compact camera with a Kodak Anastigmat Special f-4.5 47mm lens and a folding frame finder. It was a very common camera.

Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II

Item consists of a Kodak Junior Six-16 Series II folding camera. It used Kodak 616 film rolls and has a Kodak Anastigmat f6.3/126mm lens with a Kodak No.1 Kodex leaf shutter.

Kodak No. 3A Folding Brownie Model A

Item consists of a Kodak No. 3A Folding Brownie Camera, Model A. It is a viewfinder folding camera with a black imitation leather covered wood body.It uses type 124 film rolls to make a picture size of 8.3 x 14 cm (the size of a postcard). This it...

Kodak Senior Six-20

Item is a self-erecting folding amateur camera for 8 exposures of 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/2 x 4 1/4") on 620 roll film. Lens is an f4.5 with a Kodamatic shutter. This camera originally sold for $31.00 in the United States, this model was assembled...

No. 3 Autographic Brownie Model H

Item consists of a Kodak No. 3 Autographic folding camera, model H. Camera has a brilliant viewfinder and black leather covering. It uses type A118 autographic film rolls to make 6 exposures of 3.125 x 4.25 in (8 x 10.5 cm). This camera has a Koda...

No. 1A Gift Kodak

Item consists of a No. 1A Gift Kodak folding camera. This was a special version of the No. 1A Pocket Kodak Junior camera with an early Art Deco design by industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague to target a female market audience. The camera has a...

Goerz C.P., Anschütz Model I

Item consists of a Goerz C. P. Anschütz Model I strut-folding camera with a focal plane shutter and internally controlled shutter settings. It has a 5" homocentric 1:6.3 Ross London lens. The camera has a leather covering on a wood body. The ...

Autographic No. 1A Kodak Junior

Item consists of an autographic No. 1A Kodak Junior camera. It uses 116 film to make 2.5 x 4.25 inch time or instantaneous exposures. The camera has an achromatic meniscus lens and an aperture scale from f8 to f45.2. The bellows are adjusted to fo...

Kodak No. 1A Autographic Junior

Item consists of an autographic No. 1A Kodak Junior camera. It uses 116 film to make 2.5 x 4.25 inch time or instantaneous exposures. The camera has an achromatic rapid rectilinear meniscus lens and an aperture scale from f8 to f45.2. The bellows ...

Box and snapshot roll film cameras

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...

Brownie Hawkeye flash model

Item is a small hand held box camera with Bakelite body, brilliant viewfinder and Kodalite Flash-holder attachment. For 6 x 6 cm exposures on 620 roll film. One of the best selling Brownie cameras ever made, it is a simple easy to use design creat...

Brownie Target Six-20

Item is a small box camera with leatherette casing and metal faceplate. Camera is loaded with Kodak Verichrome 620 film.

Kodak Duaflex III

Item is a mock twin lens reflex camera with Bakelite body and metal fittings, for use with 620 roll film. Designed to mimic the look of a twin lens camera, the topmost "lens" is in fact a brilliant viewfinder. Camera has a fixed focus 75...

No. 2 Brownie model F

Item is an aluminum box camera for 5.7 x 8.25 cm (2 1/4" x 3 1/4") exposures on 120 film. This is a variation on previous models, which were leatherette covered cardboard. Simple lens with 3 aperture settings and rotary shutter.

Brownie Target SIX-20

For 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. exposure on 620 film Acromatic lens, 2 aperture settings, rotary shutter. Metal and leatherette case. Case will not separate to open camera.

No. 2C Brownie camera

Item is a fairly large box camera, for 6 7.5 x 12.7 cm (3 x 5") exposures on Kodak 130 film. Simple lens and rotary shutter.

No. 2 Cartridge Hawkeye Model C

Item is a leatherette covered box camera for exposures on 120 film. Originally designed and produced by the Boston Camera Company, Hawk-Eye camera production changed hands twice, once in 1890 when sold to the Blair Camera Company, then again in 19...

Kodak Brownie 127

Item is an eye-level box camera with Bakelite body and rounded edges. Lens is a Meniscus f 14, 65mm and the shutter is single speed, 1/50th.

Kodak Pony 828

Item is a small, Bakelite camera for 8 exposures on 828 format roll film (developed by Kodak in 1935 and similar in size to 135 film, without sprocket holes). The camera features a simple viewfinder, 51mm f 4.5 lens and a 4 speed Flash 200 shutter.

Kodak Duaflex II

Item is a mock twin lens reflex camera with Bakelite body and metal fittings, for use with 620 roll film. Designed to mimic the look of a twin lens camera, the topmost "lens" is in fact a brilliant viewfinder; it is a simple box camera d...

Argus 264 Instant Load

Item is an instant load 126 cartridge film camera with an 44 mm Argus Cintar lens. The camera features fixes shutter speed, auto exposure using a selenium cell and has a flashcube socket, tripod socket, and automatic film speed sensing.

Baby Hawkeye

Item is a small box camera for 4 x 6.5 cm (1.57" x 2.55") exposures on 127 format roll film. Manufactured in England circa 1936, the camera is an all-metal box with a unidentified lens and a simple Kodak shutter. It has a simple wire vie...

Voigtlander Brilliant

Item is a mock twin lens reflex camera with Bakelite body and metal fittings, for use with 120 roll film. Designed to mimic the look of a twin lens camera, the topmost "lens" is in fact a brilliant viewfinder used only to frame the view ...

No. 3 Brownie camera, model B

Item is a wooden box camera with leatherette covering for large 8.25 x 10.8 cm (3.25 x 4.25") exposures on 124 film. The design is simple, with a fixed focus and shutter speed. The roll film was advanced past the lens manually with a small cr...

Ansco Shur-Flash

Item is an inexpensive box camera made of fiberboard and covered with imitation leather. The camera has a Gallileo-type viewfinder only (no brilliant viewfinder), flash contacts, and a single speed shutter that is fast enough to accommodate bulb f...

Anscoflex

Item is an all-metal camera designed by Raymond Loewy for 6 x 6 cm (2.36" x 2.36") exposures on 620 film. Designed to mimic the look of a twin lens camera, the topmost "lens" is in fact a brilliant viewfinder, it is a simple bo...

Pho-Tak Reflex I

Item is a simple box camera designed to mimic the look of a twin lens camera. The topmost "lens" is in fact a brilliant viewfinder, the lens is a "colour corrected" Bohmar Precision lens (74mm) allows no focusing.

Paxina I

Item is a basic medium format camera for 6 x 6 cm (2.36" x 2.36") exposures on 120 film. Produced by Braun, this was an inexpensive Bakelite camera with a f7.7 75mm lens which allowed for focusing from 1 meter to infinity. The shutter al...

Bullet Camera

Item is a mass produced Bakelite camera for 127 film format, designed for Kodak by Walter Dorwin Teague. Simple lens on helical extension tube, only one shutter speed. Collapsible frame viewfinder on top of camera. Red film counter window on back.

Brownie Reflex Synchro Model

Item is a small Bakelite camera for 127 roll film. Designed to mimic the look of a twin lens camera, the topmost "lens" is in fact a brilliant viewfinder and cannot be used for focusing, it is a simple box camera design.

No. 2A Brownie, model C

Item consists of a No. 2A Brownie box roll film Model C camera. Manufactured by the Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd. between 1930 and 1936. Used No. 116 film. Picture size 2 1/2 x 4 1/4. Has a meniscus lens and rotary shutter. Case removed for loading by r...

Duaflex I

Item consists of a Kodak Duaflex I camera and a Kodak Duaflex flash-holder. Camera is black and silver with a Kodet lens. Uses 620 film. Tripod mount. Made in Toronto. 620 roll film pseudo twin-lens reflex. Flash-holder imported by the Canadian Ko...

No. 2 Brownie, model F

Item consists of a No. 2 Brownie model F camera. It is a box roll film camera and one of the first to use "Kodak" 120 film. Manufactured by the Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd. between 1924 and 1935. Picture size 2 1/4 x 3 1/4. Has a meniscus len...

Imperial Mark XII Flash

Item is a simple, grey Bakelite camera for 6 x 6 cm (2.36" x 2.36") exposures on 620 film. The design includes a fixed focus, single aperture and one shutter speed. There are connection points for a flash unit, and a dimpled metal plate ...

No. 2A Antar

Item is a simple, wooden box camera with leatherette covering and brass trim, for use with 116 roll film (or D6 and D12 Agfa film).

No. 2 Bulls-Eye Kodak

Item consists of an 1899 model of the No. 2 Bulls-Eye Kodak, which was manufactured from 1896-1913. It has a wooden interior, a spring controlled rotary disc shutter, and rotating disc stops controlled by pulling a lever on the top of the camera.

Kodak Duaflex II

Item consists of a Kodak Duaflex II camera. The camera is a 620 roll film pseudo twin-lens reflex made in Canada. The style of camera became popular during the 1950s and 1960s to imitate the look of professional TLR cameras, such as the Rolleiflex...

Kodak Medalist I

Item consists of a Kodak Medalist I. It is a 620 film, with a bright finder than attempts to combine the magnified rangefinder and the minified viewfinder. The camera was built during the war and was nicknamed the American Leica, for the design cr...

Kodak Bantam RF

Item consists of a Kodak Bantam Rangefinder Camera. It makes 28x40mm exposures on Kodak's type No. 828 special 35mm paper backed roll film. It has a non-self-cocking Flash 300 shutter, 50mm f/3.9 Kodak Ektanon Lens, an optical viewfinder with...

Kodak Pony 828

Item consists of a Kodak Pony 828 camera. It is a small format camera with a simple viewfinder, Kodak Flash 200 1/8-1/200 shutter, 51 mm f/4.5 Kodak Anaston Lens, and knobs for film advance and rewind. It uses roll film, but 35mm in width.

Brownie No. 2C Model A

Item consists of a Kodak No. 2-C Brownie Model A box camera. The camera used 130 roll film for an image size of 5.715 x 10.795 cm. It has a standard Meniscus achromatic lens and a rotary shutter.

Brownie No. 2A Model B

Item consists of a Kodak No. 2-A Brownie Model B box roll film camera. It used size 116 film and made a picture 6.4x10.8cm. The camera has a leatherette covered card body, a metal film carrier, and two reflecting finders. Case can be removed for l...

Kodak Pony 828

Item consists of a Kodak Pony 828 camera. It is a small format camera with a simple viewfinder, Kodak Flash 200 1/8-1/200 shutter, 51 mm f/4.5 Kodak Anaston Lens, and knobs for film advance and rewind. It uses roll film, 35mm in width. In brown le...

Brownie StarFlash

Item consists of a red Kodak Brownie StarFlash camera. It was manufactured by the Canadian Kodak Co., Limited in Toronto Ontario, and produces 4x4cm images on 127 film. It has a plastic body and built in flash.

Kodak Duaflex Camera

Item consists of a red Kodak Duaflex camera. It is an example of the first model of Duaflex cameras, made in Canada. Camera is black and silver with a Kodet lens. It uses 620 roll film and is a pseudo twin lens reflex camera.The style of camera be...

Imperial Mark XII Flash

Item is a simple, red, Bakelite camera for 6 x 6 cm (2.36" x 2.36") exposures on 620 film. The design includes a fixed focus, single aperture and one shutter speed. There are connection points for a flash unit, and a dimpled metal plate ...

Ansco Cadet

Item is an Ansco Cadet 127 roll film camera. The design of this camera was made to compete with the Kodak Brownie Star series, including similar three-point flash contacts. The camera features an Anscar Lens and a dial to switch between black and ...

Gavaert Gevabox 6x9

Item is a Gevaert Gevabox 6x9 box camera that took 6x9 images on 120 film. It was manufactured by L. Gevaert & Cie, a Belgian company that merged with Agfa AG and Bayer AG in 1964. It has a rectangular metal body with chrome edges, a single-sp...

Brownie No. 2 Model F

Item is Brownie No. 2 Model F box camera that used 120 film to make pictures 5.7 x 8.25 cm in size. It has a leatherette covered aluminum body and a simple lens with 3 aperture settings and a rotary shutter.

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