Nostalgia Day 23: Brownie Cameras

October 23, 2012
Last week I found a vintage Brownie Hawkeye Flash Model camera for $8 at a consignment shop.

I used a handy link from Pam's House of Hawthorne's blog on Brownie cameras.  The link led me to the website where I found my (new) old camera.  This Brownie was produced from May 1949 until it was discontinued in July 1961.  This model was one of the most popular cameras of its time, and is still popular as it is easy to use and still affordable.

This is the type of camera that my Mom used to take my pictures when I was a child.  I am buying back my childhood again!

I found this Brownie camera under the cloche at a garage sale last summer for $1.50.
The Brownie Starflash was produced between 1957 and 1965.

The familiar square black and white photograph taken with a Brownie camera in the mid 1960's.  Here I am in a gunny sack Indian dress, yarn wig, headdress and beads made for my girl scout Halloween party by my Grandma.  My little brother is on the right.

Do you collect Brownie cameras?

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I collect cameras....I only have four, but would love to add to the collection at any time! You have two great brownies...that is what my mom and dad used!

  2. Love this Carlene! I have my mom's Brownie - so happy to learn that I can find out when it was made. Love your costume and couch - I guess we all had those Brillo Pad scratchy couches back then! Off to investigate my camera; thanks!! :)

  3. Another great collection, Carlene!
    Mary Alice

  4. My daughter collects cameras. I love the one under the cloche. BTW I saw your comment on Marty's blog. How do you make your header in Picasa. I do not have any of the other programs, but I do edit my pictures in picasa. Can you tell me how the header is done??

  5. Wow! This was the camera of my childhood! I remember how thrilled my mom was to get it too! Ha!Ha! I was an indian in a gunny sack dress one year for Halloween too)

  6. I am so jealous, as I am on the lookout for old cameras.. love both your fabulous finds!

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  7. Hehe! The Halloween photo looks just like the pictures of my siblings and me dressed up in our handcrafted costumes. So cute!

    I had a few old cameras, but they've been farmed out to our daughters.

  8. Hi Carlene: Oh my gosh. As I was reading your post I was thinking about telling you of my connection to a Brownie camera and a costume, and I couldn't believe when I saw yours. I think I was about 9 or 10 and my mom made me into a Spanish senorita and put me in a parade. I won first place and my prize was a brownie camera. Sadly, I have no pictures or the camera either. What a sad thing..Your camera and pictures are great..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  9. I have three old cameras. Two are Brownies, I think.....not at home to look for sure. I just love them. You got some really good deals.

  10. I love old cameras...such a great look! I don't collect them myself, but when I find them, they always are great in my booth! Thanks so much for stopping by my ideas house posts!

  11. Oh Carlene, that photo of you in the indian costume is just adorable! Your cameras also remind me of what my mother used. You really got a deal on your recent purchase, and I love the way you displayed that one under the cloche. laurie

  12. My guy collects vintage cameras of all types. I do have a couple of Brownie camera's (yes buy back my youth also)! My fav is my mini Brownie I found a couple of years ago!!! hugs, Linda

  13. Thanks again Carlene... I really enjoyed the link. My camera is exactly like yours. I took the flash attachment off but I might put it back on. I like that look too. What fun to think people are using these again. I just may have to get some film... :)

  14. I have the 65 model! I was so proud of it! Got it for Christmas. Used it for years. When I was closing up my parents house, I found the little Brownie in Dad's office. He'd kept it all those years. . .Thanks for the memory. . .

  15. Thanks for the shout out! Love the cameras, but your Halloween outfit is too cool. Love it!

  16. The one under the cloche is just like one we had growing up. Love that camera and the little square photos. You are adorable in your indian outfit!

  17. Carlene what a cute little Indian girl you were! I just started collecting cameras about 8 months ago. I have 4. Not sure what makes they are. I need to check them out. One is a movie camera and one is very old with the accordian lens that pulls out. Love yours and the cloche is darling.

  18. Greetings from Mission Jewels! Visiting from Sweet & Simple Fridays. I have many memories of the brownie camera from mother owned one and all the family photos were taken with it. I now own it, and it is among some of my most treasured items. I love to display it along with old family photographs during the holidays! Thanks for sharing! - Tina @ Mission Jewels

  19. Thanks so much for sharing your brownie cameras on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Happy Halloween!



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