Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on February 1st 1900, the Eastman Kodak Co, introduced the dollar Brownie Box Camera.
What is the Brownie Box Camera?
The Brownie is one of the most iconic cameras in history. a very basic cardboard box camera with a simple meniscus lens that took 2¼-inch square pictures on 117 roll film. With its simple controls and initial price of $1, it was intended to be a camera that anyone could afford and use.
Since I collect old cameras as a hobby I own one those infamous cameras’ called the Brownie Box Camera, but in writing today’s story today I never knew it was first introduced on February 1st 1900.
The camera was named after the brownies in popular Palmer Cox cartoons. Consumers responded, and over 150,000 Brownie cameras were shipped in the first year of production.
Before the camera was introduced to the public in the 1900s, Kodak introduced the Brownie Camera in 1888.
Did you know the first picture taken with the Brownie Camera was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827?
The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce’s estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name (Visual nostalgia at its best), demonstrates to you in this 1958 television commercial how the Brownie Camera worked for the consumer.
Believe or not the Brownie camera was so easy to use it was marketed that even child could operate it.
The company slogan was “You press the button, we do the rest,” which meant the camera could take at least 100 exposures per roll of film, and be developed at the Kodak Company and sent it back to the customer.
Besides the camera being cheap so was the film to use the camera, it retailed for about two dollars a roll.
Did you know the first Brownie Camera to shipped to the public was on February 8th seven days after it was introduced to the public on February 1st?
The Brownie camera allowed the capturing of birthdays and other family events. In just the first year, the Eastman Kodak Company sold over a quarter of a million Brownies, forever changing the future of photography.
As we remember how on February 1st 1900, the Eastman Kodak Co, introduced the dollar Brownie Box Camera.
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