Brownie Minor

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by D.M. Procida, Feb 13, 2011.

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    D.M. Procida Guest

    I have been going through some things I don't have room in my life for
    any more, which includes a number of older cameras.

    Amongst others were a couple of folding 120 cameras in rather poor
    state, a lovely Deckel plate camera, and a rather boring Brownie.

    Then I looked up the Brownie:

    <http://christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=1932333>

    The Six-20 Brownie Minor camera was introduced in 1935 and
    discontinued in the same year. It was offered as a premium
    camera.

    According to the Brownie Group newsletter only three examples of
    this camera are known (including this one), two in Australia and
    one in the UK. Dunn suggests that there is the possibility that
    the camera is rarer than the 1900 'shoe box' Brownie, although
    of less historic significance.

    However, recent research has shown that George Eastman House and
    the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television also
    possess examples making five known to date.

    Well, make that six.

    Daniele
     
    D.M. Procida, Feb 13, 2011
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    Rob Morley Guest

    On Sun, 13 Feb 2011 22:13:04 +0000
    That's all well and good, but you'll have to re-spool the film yourself
    because you can't get 620 any more. ;-)
     
    Rob Morley, Feb 13, 2011
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    D.M. Procida Guest

    Well, it's on eBay with the other cameras I unboxed this weekend. It
    would be nice to think that it will end up in the hands of someone who
    can go to all the trouble of using it, and not just sit uselessly on
    someone's shelf.

    The nicest camera in the bunch was not that, but a really lovely Deckel
    plate camera with Compur shutter, which just feels really nice in the
    hand. It must have been a top model when it was new. But if I wanted to
    use it I'd probably have to make up my own plates.

    It was my grandfather's. I think he told me he got it from a German
    officer at the end of the war, though I may be confusing that with an
    appalling silvery Mauser pistol he also had, and which he kept safely in
    a drawer somewhere.

    Daniele
     
    D.M. Procida, Feb 13, 2011
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    Bruce Guest


    You are unlikely to realise its full value on eBay. I think you would
    be far better having it professionally valued with a view to selling
    it at a specialist photographic auction.
     
    Bruce, Feb 14, 2011
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  5. (sorry, hijacking the thread)
    Any recommendations? I've reluctantly decided to sell my Gandolfi 4X5,
    but only if I can get a good price for it. I used Christies a few years
    ago but their "cameras and optical toys" dept appears to have gone.
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Feb 15, 2011
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    Bruce Guest


    A quick search of the "big three" - Bonhams, Christies and Sothebys -
    failed to find any London auctions of photographic equipment.

    A Kodak product such as the one under discussion might best be sold in
    New York. However, I can't find any US auctions of photographic
    equipment either!

    If I started a wild goose chase, I apologise.
     
    Bruce, Feb 15, 2011
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  7. Sign of the times I suppose. But thanks anyway Bruce.
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Feb 15, 2011
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