The introduction of bakelite Brownies didn’t deter Kodak from simultaneous production of box cameras, still branded as Brownies. Phil’s fascination with Art Deco and Moderne design no doubt prompted him to seek out examples with period facades. Most of his deco and moderne cameras, though, were made by companies other than Kodak.
The Six-16 Brownie
This is an example of one of the art deco designs in Phil’s collection.
Brownie Six-20 Flasholder.
The Flasholder instruction manuals, and controls on all the early cameras in this collection are reminders of the challenges that even people’s cameras posed in the first half-century of popular photography.
The bakelite-bodied Baby Brownie was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague and produced from the 1930s – 1950s. Phil included a photo of this camera in his history of American objects, Made in USA.
Phil’s friend, the late design collector George Kravis, donated an example to the Cooper Hewitt
Website © 2022 Kathleen Hamilton