Kodak Baby Brownie Special  –  Vintage Camera

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (three quarters)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (three quarters)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (three quarters)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (three quarters)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (front view)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (front view)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (rear view)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (rear view)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (top view)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (top view)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Kodak Baby Brownie Special (with 35mm cassette for scale)

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Kodak Baby Brownie Special Specifications

Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
   
Country of Origin: USA
   
Made in: Rochester, NY, USA
   
Introduced: 1938
   
Camera Type: Box, Viewfinder
   
Format: 127 Film
   
Dimensions (cm): 8.8 x 7.8 x 6.7

Kodak Baby Brownie Special Review

The Kodak Baby Brownie Special is a very simple box camera constructed of Bakelite, an early plastic. It has a basic meniscus lens with a minimum focus distance of five feet and a single fixed shutter speed (estimated to be about 1/40) activated by the button on the side. The optical viewfinder runs across the top of the camera next to the film advance knob. A nice braided hand strap is supposed to span the top of the camera from the metal brackets on either side but it’s missing on this one.

This camera retailed for $1.25 (about $20 in today’s money) and although it seems to be as simple as cameras get, the normal Baby Brownie (which only cost $1, the modern equivalent of roughly $16) was even more basic with flip-up metal brackets instead of the Special’s optical viewfinder and a shutter release lever very similar to the one seen on the Six-20 Bull’s Eye. The Kodak Baby Brownie series uses 127 film which, shockingly, is still being made by a single company in Croatia.

I received this Kodak Baby Brownie Special as a wedding gift along with an Agfa B-2 Cadet and two Allied campaign maps from WWII.

References:

McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002. (Grantsburg, USA: Centennial Photo Service, 2001), 326.

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