This is a No. 2 Brownie Model D box camera, made by the Eastman-Kodak company around 1914. The name “Brownie” has been used by Kodak on a huge variety of inexpensive cameras starting with the very first model in 1900, all the way to Bakelite bodied cameras of the 1960s. The enduring theme of a Brownie camera was that it should be sold cheaply to people who would be repeat customers by spending money on Kodak film. This particular model was the third revision of the original model which when released in 1902, was the very first camera designed for 120 film. The Model D was made out of leatherette covered cardboard with a wooden film compartment inside. It had two brilliant viewfinders for landscapes and portraits, a single element meniscus lens, a single speed shutter capable of Instant or Timed exposures, and a sliding aperture plate capable of 3 aperture sizes. Despite these modest specs, the No. 2 Brownie was capable of good images, and sold very well throughout it’s 32 year production run.
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