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Created 22 September 2005 ... Updated 25 April 2009

Box Cameras
Some time ago I came across some old box cameras when browsing some auction sites. The old Kodak Brownie camera's looked so beautiful and simple that it was just a matter of days to decide that one day I wanted to have one of those.

When browsing the eBay pages I found someone who had three old box cameras for sale, a Brownie 2 model D, a Six-16 Brownie and a Target brownie 620. Of course they needed some cleaning and fixing up (the glue that keeps the viewfinder mirrors in place is old and the mirrors didn't stick to their normal place anymore) but now they look great again.

Before I received these camera's however I walked by a shop in London in March 2000 that sold a Kodak Brownie 2 model F (built from 1924 - 1933) in near mint condition. Since this camera takes 120 roll film you can still use it. Of course the quality of the lens is not great as this camera was meant to be sold to the masses but it's would give you at least the same quality pictures as in the old photo albums.

Brownie 2 model F
Every now and then I'm still looking at the eBay photography pages and come across a cheap Brownie box again. Plenty of box' in the US but the u$ 20 for shipping to Europe is outrageous. Ah well, sometimes I just can't resist so the collection is still growing...

Of course what you do is to look for more information on the things you just acquired and which better place to look for than the internet. There are some great sources information, if you're interested in these old camera's, check out his links at the bottom of this page and google for more.

Since photos taken with this camera are quite expensive to print I haven't done so yet, the negatives look really soft though, just like in the pre-WW2 pictures :o)

camera The cameras
links Six-16 Brownie
links Brownie 2 model D
links Brownie 2 model F
links Six-20 Brownie Junior
links Target Brownie 620
links No. 2 Cartridge Hawk-Eye model B

links Agfa Synchro Box / Box 600
links Agfa Preisbox / Box 44
links Baldabox
links Voigtländer Brilliant V6
links Coronet Conway

links Box Camera Weblinks
links The name sais it all...   For a lot of information on box cameras, the different brands,
links the different models, the history and a lot of other information, check out this site.


links - article
links An article on the Kodak Brownie camera. Some general and historical
links information and a good links section.

links Kodak cameras, how to's, manuals, hints and tips and much much more on this website.

links Chuck Baker
links Chuck Baker's Brownie pages.

links Documentation
A copy of a 1931 Herlango Austria catalogue where the Box Brownies are also described. Prices in Austrian Schilling.
Herlango catalogue 1931 - Brownie
1931 Herlango camera catalogue
Box Brownies
German, 169 Kb

All photos copyright of M. Koning 1997 - 2005