The camera du jour is a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye -- this model is the one without the flash, which was made from 1949 to 1951-ish. The Brownie Hawkeye Flash (affectionately known as the BHF --the same camera with a flash attachment) was made from 1950 on into the early 60s. It's another simple box camera, designed for 620 film. This camera was extremely common, and they're still easy to pick up cheap on eBay. My parents had one, and I have a roll of film that I found in theirs that alas, I cannot develop because of its C-22 based emulsion, which is no longer processed. I did however find and develop a roll of film in one of the BHFs I bought on eBay. Given the angle of perspective, I suspect it was shot by a child. Here's one of my favorites:
|There goes the dog!|
One last fun fact about the BHF: you can date them based on a four-letter code found inside all but the earliest ones. It works like this:
C A M E R O S I T Y
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
So if you found a camera with the code CARO, then you have 1256 -- 12/56: the camera was manufactured in the 12th four-week period in 1956, so November or early December. I think that's kind of cool.