Welcome my good friend, Dave Walters to the blogging world. He’s been a photographer ever since I’ve known him and used to take all the photos for CCSS, a professional organization for social studies teachers. Every once in a while you get a whiff of history in his writing. Oh I do love a little history wafting through a story, don’t you? Welcome to Always Write, Dave. Signed T. C. History Gal
In its simplest form a camera is elementary. A box, an opening, and light sensitive paper or film. Lens, selectable shutter speeds, aperture control, even focus are not necessary. You can make a simple pinhole camera yourself or buy a kit or even a completed version from many online shops. They are frequently made of wood and as much a piece of art as they are a working camera. If you don’t want to go to that much trouble you can buy a used box camera like the Kodak Brownie 2 or 2A for about $10-20. You might even have one in a box from a relative.
I happen to have 20-30 of those old box cameras (want to buy one?) Today we’re going to look at three examples of the box camera from the era 1900-1935: an Ansco Shur-flash, an Agfa B-2 Cadet…
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