Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Introduction

The main purpose of this site is as a virtual museum of Classic & Antique Cameras and related photographic ephemera that form part of my own collection.

The photographs on this initial landing page are just intended to give an overview of the type of antique and classic cameras that the site features, concentrating on the period from the 1880s through to the 1930s (rollfilm and plate cameras).

The site describes cameras and related ephemera that form part of a private collection, and the hope is that that this will illustrate the development of photography over this key period through the equipment that was available at the time, particularly to the amateur user.

While concentrating on rollfilm and plate cameras, the collection is quite varied and includes items from many different manufactures. However, the collection is dominated by equipment made for sale in the US and UK, with some European cameras also being represented.

The links at the top of this page provide an entry point to the camera collection by two different indexes: one lists the cameras by maker and the other by camera type. Please note that these initial index pages may take a little while to load as they are lengthy and include thumbnail images.

If you are trying to identify a camera and do not know the maker, the Type index might offer the best means of searching the content of the collection. The categories used in the type classification are explained at the top of the Type index page.

NOTE: This site is still under development. While the index pages are complete and each entry has a link to individual pages that provide details of each camera (click on the thumbnail), few as yet have corresponding photographs available.

The layout of the site pages has been set up to work best at 1024 pixels wide, but have also been adapted to make the web pages mobile friendly.

Rating (availability)

A brief note about the rating used for the scarcity of the cameras shown in these pages. A number of people will end up reading these pages with a view to trying to establish the likely value of some find. Be wary about equating the scarcity classification that I use with value. There are some very basic box cameras for example that are few and far between (so would be marked here as 'Scarce'), but have little intrinsic value.

The table below summarises the classification scheme that is used, although this is based purely on my own experiences rather than being established through any scientific quantitative process.

Common An online search of auction sites such as eBay in a given month has a greater than 50% likelihood of finding one or more examples of the camera.
Uncommon An online search of auction sites such as eBay in a given month may be unsuccessful, but within a three month period there is a greater than 50% likelihood of finding an example of the camera.
Hard to Find There is only a 50% likelihood that an example of the camera may be found in an online search of auction sites such as eBay over a period of a year.
Scarce There is only a 50% likelihood that an example of the camera may be found in an online search of auction sites such as eBay over a period of five years.

If you have any comments or questions about the site in general or specific items that are featured, please contact me. A Contact link is located at the bottom of each page.

Recent Site Updates

Image of Vest Pocket Kodak Model B Updated (November 2021): Entry amended for the VPK with f/8 Anastigmat to link to new Kodak Gift Case page and photo added
Image of Kodak Gift Case outfit Added (November 2021): Page added for the Kodak Gift Case outfit (VPK with f/8 Anastigmat camera) with photos
Image of Boy Scout Kodak camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Boy Scout Kodak (US Model)
Image of Girl Scout Kodak camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Girl Scout Kodak (US Model)
Image of Boy Scout Kodak camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Boy Scout Kodak (UK Model)
Image of Girl Guide Kodak camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Girl Guide Kodak (UK Model)
Image of Kodak Hawkeye Ace De Luxe camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Kodak Hawkeye Ace De Luxe camera
Image of Rainbow Hawk-Eye No 2 box camera (UK model) Added (December 2021): Page added for the Rainbow Hawk-Eye No 2 box camera made by Kodak Ltd, with photos
Image of Rainbow Hawk-Eye No 2 box camera (US model) Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Rainbow Hawk-Eye No 2 box camera made by Eastman Kodak Company
Thumbnail of Rainbow Hawk-Eye Vest Pocket camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Rainbow Hawk-Eye Vest Pocket camera made by Eastman Kodak Company
Thumbnail of Rainbow Hawk-Eye No 2A folding camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for the Rainbow Hawk-Eye No 2A folding camera made by Eastman Kodak Company and finished in "old rose"
Thumbnail of Kodak Petite Camera Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for a group of Kodak Petite cameras made by Eastman Kodak Company
Thumbnail of No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak Updated (December 2021): Photographs added for two early examples of the No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak made by Eastman Kodak Company
Thumbnail of Watson Vanneck camera Updated (February 2022): Photos and further information added for the Watson Vanneck Hand camera
Thumbnail of Watson Alpha camera (leather covered) Updated (June 2022): Deleted separate page for the Watson Alpha (leather covered) camera and moved content to the general Alpha page
Image of Popular Ensignette camera Added (June 2022): Page added for the Popular Ensignette camera made by Houghtons Ltd. (photos to be added)