Kodak Brownie Junior

The Kodak Brownie was a name Kodak used for a large variety of cameras over an 80-year period.  The first Brownie was introduced in 1900, and sold for $1.00.   The Brownie line of cameras was intended for use as a “Point and Shoot” camera for the amateur photographer, and was marketed with the slogan “You press the button – We do the rest”.

Millions of Brownie cameras were sold over its 80 year history.  Generations of photographers created and preserved their family history using Brownie cameras.  And Kodak marketed the brand so well that most box cameras, regardless of the manufacturer, were simply known as “Brownies”.  Here’s an example of a 1958 Brownie TV Commercial for one of the later model Brownies.

The first Brownie was used with a new 117 film format with 6 exposures.  This film format cost $0.15/roll.  Over the years the Brownie camera line used a wide variety of film sizes, including 110, 116, 117, 120, 122, 124, 125, 127, 130 and 620.  The second Brownie model, aptly named the No. 2 Brownie, debuted in 1901 and used the new 120 film format, which was the longest-surviving of all roll film sizes.

The Brownie Junior pictured above was introduced by Kodak in 1934 and was manufactured through 1942.  It cost $2.25, and introduced a largely metal body to replace the paperboard of the original Brownie model.   It used 620 film.

Many families now have a treasure of memories thanks to the Brownie cameras.  MemoryHub is able to scan most formats of film negatives used in these cameras, including 110, 120, 126 and 127 roll film.

For more information regarding the Brownie Camera, visit http://www.brownie-camera.com, a site created and maintained by Chuck Baker.  Another great source of information can be found at the National Media Museum Blog – “B is for…Brownie, the camera that democratized photography


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