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While the process of photography has been around for hundreds of years, photography did not become widespread until around 1855 with the development of photographic emulsions on glass plates. Daguerreotype cameras formed images on silvered copper plates. The earliest daguerreotype cameras required several minutes to half an hour to expose images on the plates. By 1840, exposure times were reduced to just a few seconds owing to improvements in the chemical preparation and development processes, and to advances in lens design. American daguerreotypists introduced manufactured plates in mass production, and plate sizes became internationally standardized: whole plate (6.5 x 8.5 inches), three-quarter plate (5.5 x 7 1/8 inches), half plate (4.5 x 5.5 inches), quarter plate (3.25 x 4.25 inches), sixth plate (2.75 x 3.25 inches), and ninth plate (2 x 2.5 inches). Plates were often cut to fit cases and jewelry with circular and oval shapes. Larger plates were produced, with sizes such as 9 x 13 inches (“double-whole” plate), or 13.5 x 16.5 inches (Southworth & Hawes’ plate).

Film cameras intended for use by the general public were not available until around 1890 with the development of box cameras and portable bellows cameras that used plastic film on rolls. The use of photographic film was pioneered by George Eastman, who started manufacturing paper film in 1885 before switching to celluloid in 1889. His first camera, which he called the "Kodak," was first offered for sale in 1888. It was a very simple box camera with a fixed-focus lens and single shutter speed, which along with its relatively low price appealed to the average consumer. The Kodak came pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures and needed to be sent back to the factory for processing and reloading when the roll was finished. By the end of the 19th century Eastman had expanded his lineup to several models including both box and folding cameras.

On this page we feature collectible and vintage cameras and parts by by Agfa, Argus, Kodak, Leica, Retina, Voigtländer, and others.

1930 Kodak Vest Pocket Bellows Camera, Model B 37323 Box

1930 Kodak Vest Pocket Bellows Camera, Model B 37323 Box

This Kodak Model B Vest Camera was made between 1925 and 1934 and was among the smallest folding cameras of the time. This model has a remarkably...
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1930s Art Deco Kodak Six-20 Vigilant Folding Bellows Camera film

1930s Art Deco Kodak Six-20 Vigilant Folding Bellows Camera film

This is Kodak Six-20 Vigilant folding pocket camera with a classic art deco design. It dates to the 1930s. It has an f3.6 Anastigmat lens, and when...
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1946 Kodak Junior Vigilant Six-20 with Bimat Lens, box, manual

1946 Kodak Junior Vigilant Six-20 with Bimat Lens, box, manual

This vintage Kodak Vigilant Junior Six-20 is in overall good shape and operational. The camera has some wear on the outside, but the bellows are very...
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Civil War era Ambrotype, Ruby Red Glass Elder 1/9 plate foil mat

Civil War era Ambrotype, Ruby Red Glass Elder 1/9 plate foil mat

This ninth-plate size (2 x 2.5 inches or 6 x 6 cm) Ambrotype features a distinguished older gentleman with a piercing gaze. We don't know the...
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Kodak Baby Brownie Camera with box and directions

Kodak Baby Brownie Camera with box and directions

For sale is this small vintage Kodak Baby Brownie camera in excellent condition. Camera comes with original box which is worn with tears, but still...
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Three 1961 8mm Films Mexico Trip Bullfight and San Jose Pyramid

Three 1961 8mm Films Mexico Trip Bullfight and San Jose Pyramid

For one money are three rolls of film from 1961, of a couples trip to Mexico. The boxes are labeled: "beginning of Mexico trip, ?????mulca,...
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Vintage Eastman Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model Camera w/ Box

Vintage Eastman Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro Model Camera w/ Box

The Kodak Brownie Reflex Synchro model was manufactured from Sept 1941to May 1952. This fixed-focus camera featured a twin lens reflex system and...
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