I am a shutterbug, but you know that already. I am also a history buff and and an antique (or depending on how you look at it), junk collector. My uncle gave me my first 35mm camera when I was in high school, that's when I discovered I loved taking pictures. What I didn't know then was that he also gave me his love of old stuff.
When I was about 18 I walked into a local camera store called Snap Shops and asked for a job, amazingly, they hired me. I stayed there for almost 15 years. It was the late 80's and photography was changing fast. Film processing which used to take days, now took 1 hour. 35mm cameras became smaller, simpler and yet more sophisticated with better lenses and more features.
As we sold more and more of these new point & shoot cameras, our store somehow became a depository for old cameras people no longer wanted thus, the following collection was born.
The oldest of the bunch is the Kodak Hawkeye
This camera actually belonged to my family, I found it tucked away in a closet. The patten date on the front reads Jan. 18, 1910.
This is the Brownie Flash Six-20 which Kodak made from 1946 to 1965.
620 roll film was still being produced when I acquired this camera so I actually have some photos that I shot with it. These images are actual size, and have not been retouched, cropped or altered.
This is probably one of my favorites, the Kodak Senior 620
Complete with instruction manual and case ( not shown) . These were made from 1937 to 1939 and probably sold for around $30 which I think is what I paid for it, but I had to have it.
Call me crazy, but I love this stuff, there's a reason why I decided to go by Simple Shutterbug, I love photography! While I'm constantly amazed, impressed & overwhelmed by how fast the technology is changing how we take photos, the point is, we are still doing it and have been for a very long time and hopefully we will be for a long time to come.
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