Kodak Brownie cameras were first introduced to market in February of 1900 as a low cost photography option for the masses. Kodak manufactured the brownie camera in several models including the popular Beau Brownie camera from 1930 to 1933 and the Brownie 127 camera from 1952 to 1967.
The Kodak Brownie cameras were named after cartoons created by Palmer Cox however they do resemble an over sized brownie with their box like shape. The first Brownie camera was a cardboard box with meniscus lens that took 2 1/4 inch pictures at a price of $1.00 per camera. Historians speculate that society owes a great deal of our modern amenities to the Brownie such as the way photojournalism evolved when photography equipment wasn’t solely to the rich.
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