might enjoy a tour of our collection of historic cameras at the
links above and below. We have an
extensive collection of early to mid 20th
Century film cameras, many Kodaks
but we have an assortment of other brands. While most of
our emphasis is on American cameras, we have
many German Kodaks, the brilliant designs of
August Nagel. Since we use professional
grade Nikon cameras to photograph the homes we
sell, we also have a full collection of the
historic Nikon professional cameras going back
to the late 1940s, and the most significant
models of Nikkorex and Nikkormat amateur lines.
The odder orphans
of photographic history are fun to collect, and occasionally shoot
(but not for your home's virtual tour). However,
sometimes we include
a few vintage pieces in our staging.
enjoy making presentations on Camera History to schools, clubs,
community groups, etc. We bring a selection of cameras
and have a great PowerPoint presentation. Please contact
Kevin. All of
our online images are free for use, but as a courtesy, please let us
know and give us credit in your online or print publications.
interest in photography started in junior high when one of the
teachers offered a class and we converted a windowless janitorial
closet into a darkroom. I took further courses in high school,
and college, along with film classes. The darkroom skills are
now transferred to PhotoShop, but the approach is amazingly similar.
My love of photography has provided a great synergy with my passion
for real estate.
links on this page represent our
collection of roughly 200 vintage cameras from
the late 1890s to the 1980s.
The majority of the collection is
Kodak oriented as that was the
quintessential American camera and
for many years the world standard
for the amateur photographer.
In some cases it is interesting to
include examples of the competitors
that drove Kodak's design and
marketing decisions, especially Ansco which preceded Kodak as a
camera manufacturer, and Argus in the 1930s and 1940s.
We especially like the odd or
innovative models that demonstrate
the evolutionary process (or should
I say creativity).
until post WWII that German cameras
became significantly popular, and
the Japanese followed on that
success in the 1950s. In both
cases the twin-lens-reflex cameras (TLR)
were significant in the upper-end
consumer segment, and folding
(bellows) cameras were phased-out.
We have several examples of TLRs in
The 35 mm
format ended up as the dominant
design for film cameras in the last
four to five decades before digital
imagery became that standard.
This was the standard format for the
movie industry, so stock was readily
available. Kodak pioneered the
easy to load cartridges (135) which
became the standard for almost all
manufactures of cameras and film.
But is was the Japanese who
persevered in capturing the 35 mm
camera market from the 1970s onward.
Some of our
cameras represent important
developments in photography and
others are just basic consumer
cameras. We picked these up
through various sources over the
years mostly because we found them
interesting. Most of the
cameras are bellows (aka: folding
cameras) cameras or twin lens reflex
cameras, but there are a few other
types as well including the best of