Kodak Baby Brownie Special Camera

Description
Popular from the 1939 World’s Fair into the 1950s, the Kodak Baby Brownie Special was a small black camera made of bakelite, with white shutter button and winding knob and featuring a braided strap. With a rigid view finder and focus-free lens, it produced eight 3¼ x 3 inch photographs from 127 film.
From its invention in 1839, the camera has evolved to fit many needs, from aerial to underwater photography and everything in between. Cameras allow both amateur and professional photographers to capture the world around us. The Smithsonian’s historic camera collection includes rare and unique examples as well as popular models.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
camera
date made
ca 1950s
maker
Eastman Kodak Company
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 cm x 9.5 cm x 8 cm; 3 1/8 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in
Place Made
United States: New York, Rochester
ID Number
1979.0007.04
catalog number
1979.0007.04
accession number
1979.0007
catalog number
79.007.04
subject
Photography
Artifact Walls exhibit
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of August W. Heubner

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