I recently got my hands on a couple of old Kodak brownie cameras thanks to Johan Greyling. It’s pretty fascinating when you start looking at the history of old cameras to see how far we have come. Both cameras are over 50 years old and contain no electronics.
KODAK BROWNIE 127 SECOND MODEL
This is actually known as the Brownie 127 Second Model and was manufactured between 1959 and 1963 in the UK. It used a 127 Rollfilm with a picture size of 41.3mm x 63.5mm (1 5/8 x 2 1/2″) making it a medium format camera. It used a F/11 plastic Dakon lens.
This one is complete with it’s original packaging and user manual. It is not a rare camera but not easy to find in such a good condition. It still works!
During that time Kodak also manufactured an “albino” version of the Second Model camera but only 5,000 were made due to complaints about how the light colour body became dirty very quickly.
The first 127 was manufactured between 1952 and 1959 and had the same shape body as the Second Model but the label on the front was either hatched or plain.
The Third Model was a complete rebuild sporting sharper edges and was manufactured between 1965 and 1967.
KODAK SIX-20 BROWNIE (PORTRAIT 4-6FT)
The Kodak Six-20 Brownie (Portrait model 4-6ft) was manufactured in London in 1940. There were a number of Six-20’s built but this one was built for portraits.
It has a pull out slider with an extra lens for close up portraits from 4 to 6 feet from the camera. There was another model made for portraits 3 to 4ft away from the camera.
The camera uses 620 film with an image size of 57.2mm x 82.6mm (2¼ x 3¼ inch) so it is also a medium format camera.
It has a metal body covered in fake leather. There are 2 viewfinders (portrait and landscape views) and a removable film roll holder.
This model also allows a fast shutter snapshot mode and a manual shutter open/close mode. The original selling price was around $5.00
If anyone has more information like the original price of the 127’s please leave a comment.
Originally posted on Steven McGregor Photography