Kodak Brownie Starmatic (1959)

What is it? This is a Brownie Starmatic made by the Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, NY between the years of 1959 and 1963.  It was the first Brownie camera to have both an exposure meter and automatic exposure.  It is a simple, mostly plastic camera that used…

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Bilora Bella 3c (1955)

What is it? This is a Bilora Bella medium format scale focus camera made by Kürbi & Niggeloh of Radevormwald, West Germany between the years of 1955 and 1958.  The name Bilora Bella was the name of a long running series of inexpensive and simple, but attractive cameras made by…

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Detrola Model E (1939)

What is it? This is a Detrola Model E camera made by the Detrola Corp out of Detroit, MI.  Detrola was better known for its successful line of radios and record players in the 30s and 40s.  Perhaps trying to mimic the success of Ann Arbor, MI based…

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Foth Derby Type 2 (1931)

What is it? This is a Foth Derby folding strut camera made in Germany by C.F. Foth & Co.  The Foth Derby was in production from 1930 to about 1940 and was designed as a lower cost alternative to Leica and Contax cameras of the time.  It was a…

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Yashica 44 (1958)

What is it? This is a Yashica 44 Twin Lens Reflex camera made by the Yashica Company, Ltd, in 1958.  The Yashica 44 is designed for 127 film unlike most other TLRs of the time which used either 120 or 620 film.  Using 127 film, this camera made images…

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