A modern Journal article appeared at one particular of the most vital cardboard packing containers ever produced – the Brownie camera. Produced by Kodak, it turned everyday persons into photographers for the to start with time – the snapshot was born. Visitors sent us some of their possess pictures taken with Brownies, new and old.
In the short article Stephen Dowling described how the primary design of 1900 was adopted by dozens a lot more above the upcoming 80 or so years. Judging from your shots it appears a lot of men and women are nonetheless employing Brownies of different vintages now – there’s even a secret to be solved and another person seeking for old college pals.
Rod Kruger, Strubens Valley, South Africa:Like most family members, our Brownie pictures exhibit us as young ones. Taken in the nineteen fifties they are standard of the way of living. The auto (pictured above) is an English-made Ford Prefect that my crazy moms and dads took their two whiny young children to Durban on holiday break in, quite a few occasions from Johannesburg – a trip that took 3 days in an age when all many others went about night time by teach. The car might have been excellent for an English village but was very seriously beneath-powered for South Africa, and boiled on each and every up-hill. The lady (under) is my mom Phyllis, who emigrated to South Africa with her mom and dad when she was 7. I am the boy and the woman is my sister Karen. The picture was taken on vacation at Brighton Beach front near Durban.
Victor Morgan, Caerleon: I often preferred a digital camera and I purchased that 620 Brownie all over 1946 in Bombay for 6 rupees – nine shillings. I experienced to help save up for it. It’s a pretty straightforward digital camera to use and I’ve even now obtained the lens. I was a regular soldier stationed in India and we ended up despatched to Razmak in Waziristan (now Pakistan) near the border with Afghanistan – it was kind of frontier territory. We were minimize off and they put the large guns up there, the infantry guarded the street for us to go through in our cars – they’d open it up the moment a fortnight. I took this photo circa 1947. That 620 Brownie served me properly – most people was eager to be photographed, while folks weren’t so applied to cameras in people times.
Lawrence Harris, Stowmarket: I was seventeen a long time old when I took these shots from my bedroom window just exterior Plymouth in 1961. The skies were being incredibly obvious and I experienced been presented a Brownie Box digital camera by my grandfather who had purchased himself a new digicam. For sky shots it was necessary to have the camera fastened, therefore the chemical stand, and I employed a shutter guide to hold the shutter open for an arbitrary time. All those have been the longest seconds at any time. I had been warned by individuals who have been experimenting with astro-photography that I should hardly ever hand about this sort of a film to the chemist mainly because they would method the movie and declare the success to have unsuccessful and would just give a replacement film. Following exposing a number of photos, I processed the movie at home in my darkened bed room and was delighted with this, my very first at any time astro pic. It currently discovered stars that were fainter than the naked eye could see. I inevitably labored as a specialist astronomer at the Radio and Area Investigation Station in Slough from 1968.
Gill Lucas, Worcester: Though biking in Spain final calendar year, my colleague Nigel acquired a Brownie from a village flea current market – when he inspected it later on, he discovered inside of a shot roll of movie. On returning to the Uk, he had the movie processed and on the movie had been pictures definitely taken in England which was quite strange. We contacted the Triumph Herald register and Greeves bike associations, but experienced no luck on finding any information on the rider and how the digicam made its way to Spain. The car amount plate indicates it was from the Northampton region.
Jaffer Bhimji, Hunton Bridge: I took a picture of Princess Margaret with my beloved Kodak Brownie in my university days when she frequented my property town, Mwanza, in Tanzania, East Africa close to 1956/seven – it was then acknowledged as Tanganyika. I was 12 when I was supplied my initially new Kodak Brownie camera – I liked it so a lot that I was unwilling to use it. Someone produced a comment at my digicam club that I should have fallen in appreciate with the digicam to start with and then images – that seems just proper!
Merryl See Tai, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Our loved ones (parents, more mature brother and sister) still left Trinidad and Tobago in 1959 and travelled to England by boat. I was 8 yrs old at the time and entered primary university. My brother joined the RAF and my sister entered secondary university. The Brownie 127 Design two, was a gift from my father shortly after we had arrived. I recall retaining it spotlessly clean up, practising, with no movie, to keep it firmly and steadily and to carefully squeeze the shutter button fairly than urgent it. My mother and I returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 1962. I was ten several years aged in this image taken by my sister in 1960/61 in our back again garden at forty three West Stop Lane, West Hampstead, London.
This image of my classmates at St Mary’s Church of England on West Stop Lane close to Kilburn Superior Road is of excellent significance to me – taken by me at 11 several years of age in mid 1962, it was just ahead of we left England and I have never found any of them all over again, notwithstanding a number of endeavours to trace them and an precise take a look at to the school and common area in 2005.
John Reardon, Waltham, MA, US: I have a image taken in the early 1950s, possibly late forties. My father, John Reardon, was in the US Military stationed on the border of the new Iron Curtain in Trieste, Italy. He was out on teaching and he took a picture of himself smiling in a foxhole/ dug-in place. He has a excellent handful of photos taken all-around the identical time of manoeuvres in mountainous regions with snow, so I am guessing they ended up around to the Austrian border someplace. When I went by means of this stack of photographs, I observed it humorous that he took a selfie sixty many years right before selfies became awesome.
Eric Whitfield, Redcar: This photo was taken in 1949, at a guess I was 5 many years aged. I was going for walks together a nation route with my mom and close friends at the time, and the mole abruptly showed up crossing our route. It was a fortunate locate as they usually hardly ever present on their own for very long, but I managed to get it. My mother took the photo and I ultimately allow it go since its entrance digging ft had been very highly effective which frightened me a bit as I considered it was heading to chunk me. The mole swiftly located a place in the grass and disappeared, likely underground. The nation route continue to exists, but is typically overgrown now. The Brownie 127 was owned by my mother and was a relatives digicam – properly cherished, but unfortunately no more time all around as it ultimately bought outmoded by a newer product.
Ann Evans, Wrexham: I feel that this image would have been taken with my mom’s brownie camera as I don’t believe that other spouse and children users would have owned one particular at the time. My mom received hers in a each day newspaper competitors in 1926. This is me and my older sister in about 1948 in Rhyl – a well-liked getaway vacation resort.
Phil Bulmer, Nottingham: I purchased a Brownie No. 2 past calendar year and took it on a university excursion – I am a trainer. We went to Beaumanor Corridor in Leicestershire for a Earth War Two working experience and I brought the camera alongside for a small quotauthenticityquot. The camera dates from about 1930. At the finish of the vacation, I took a photograph of the two fabulous customers of workers from Beaumanor who made our day distinctive. The print was really special so I popped it in a period searching frame. In advance of I handed it to the ladies, I passed it close to a couple retired people who were being about in the course of Earth War Two and questioned them when they considered the image was taken. Naturally the two girls have been dressed as an ARP warden and land lady. The response was quot1943?quot They have been instead taken aback to obtain it had been taken the working day before.
Niall Wallace, Dundee: I was on a tour of Switzerland in 2013 – this is the Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) in Luzern, immediately after restoration from a devastating fireplace. The surviving panels inside of the bridge depict scenes from local history and were additional in the seventeenth Century. The Camera is a Kodak (United kingdom) Six20-B from 1937-1941, I acquired it on eBay for £5. One of the most difficult components of shooting on a Six20 Brownie is the re-spooling of 120 movie – it involves rolling the movie off the a hundred and twenty spool in a darkish bag and rolling it back again on to a 620 spool.
Pieter van Hiel, Hamilton, Canada: This is a photo of a Victorian-period family vault at Hamilton Cemetery. It was taken with a ninety-calendar year-outdated Brownie No. 2A, which was the 1st Brownie I acquired. The very same cemetery is the closing resting location of Isabella Whyte, who nineteenth Century locals believed (even though without a great deal proof) to be Queen Victoria’s fifty percent-sister. The digicam was a birthday present from my mother and father 10 many years back. I assumed it was irreparable and stored it on a shelf as ornamental piece for several a long time. In late 2013, I did some investigate on the internet and observed out just how uncomplicated these cameras are, took it apart and received it again in doing work order with just a little cleaning. The 2A employs obsolete 116 movie, which is no longer designed, but I had some spool adapters designed with a 3D printer. It continue to suffers from gentle leaks, but in several conditions this just adds to the character of the shots.
This was taken one early morning soon after a poor storm in Dundas, Ontario. For the duration of the evening, a 150-calendar year-old oak tree had blown more than and crushed this parked motor vehicle and a single other motor vehicle. I’d been walking in a nearby wooded location getting photographs, and experienced just 1 body left to seize this shot. I took this photo with my Brownie two, which I purchased on the web very last summer months. Designed in 1908, it is the oldest operating digital camera I own. I love shooting with Brownies because they represent a pure atavistic pictures experience. There are no electronics, no filters, no automobile aim. You basically capture an prompt of mild with a very simple cardboard box fitted with a bit of spring and a piece of glass.
James Wray, Plymouth: I acquired a No. two Brownie from an antiques good in the south-west virtually a calendar year back – as considerably as I know, it was designed sometime all over 1919. With it I bought a portrait lens and a boxed roll of 120 movie from 1953. This photo was taken at Restronguet Creek close to Falmouth. I travelled there from Plymouth at 3am so that I could capture the sunrise in time. I couldn’t use a tripod for this digicam effectively due to the fact it doesn’t have wherever to screw into one particular, so I had to harmony the Brownie on best of the tripod without having the screw attached. The publicity time was two seconds on its medium aperture environment.
Hazel Edmunds, Lancaster: In September, my most effective good friend sent me a belated birthday existing which was two Brownie cameras – Box Brownie one and a Brownie Reflex. It was the starting of a little something really unique, it was the commence of a new journey. I sourced movie from a organization in the south of England as these cameras just take either a 127 or 620 film which are incredibly uncommon. The consequence was past my expectations – the pics are stunning and give a vintage really feel. This a person was taken with the Brownie Reflex on a windy day in Arnside, Cumbria, in Oct. It’s the railway bridge heading towards Barrow. I took it simply because it speaks of a journey and I’m on a journey with the cameras.
Tony Platt, Newton Abbot: Brownie 620 – the digicam was purchased at a local charity store in Newton Abbot, Devon for £1 in July 2013 and I took photographs with it in the afternoon. I experienced to re-spool a hundred and twenty film from a quotmodernquot roll to the thinner metallic older ones. Not becoming guaranteed if the camera labored, I went out on a especially sunny working day to Decoy Region Park. There was no actual program behind what I was accomplishing, just having photographs, the quotold-fashionedquot way.
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