Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 2A Brownie Box Camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 2A Brownie
Type: Box (rollfilm)
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Country of Origin: US
Construction: Conventional box camera that underwent a series of design changes over its long production period. The first versions were made of card covered in leatherette but this changed to a metal shell in 1924. Metal film carrier insert. Two reflecting finders (landscape and portrait).
Production Period: 1907 - 1933 (US); 1930 - 1936 (UK)


Model / Variant: Model C?
Plate / Film Size: 116 rollfilm
Lens: Meniscus
Shutter: Rotary
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1925
Serial Number: None
  • Common [x]
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  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 109

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This example of the No 2A Brownie box camera is rather a mess although the biggest problem is just dirt, but some rusting too. I bought it for the original sales carton with the picture of the Palmer Cox Brownie. While the carton is also grubby, it is presentable and would clean with care.

The date / model is based on aluminium shell and early carton design.


The No 2A Brownie camera was introduced some six years after the original No 2 Brownie model. The initial cardboard versions of the No 2A Brownie had the two halves of the camera dividing just behind the viewfinders, with the back section released by two pivoted catches and pulling out the winding key. The aluminium bodied version introduced in 1924 adopted the same pattern with a hinged back as used for the No 2 Brownie camera of the same era.