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Object ID 002770

Object Name Brownie Junior Six-16 Camera

Object Desc Black box camera with leather handle on top and art deco design on front.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002534a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Photography


Source Category Donation

Accession Date OCT 16,2014

Credit/Acknowledgement Tim Kroening

Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 4

Object Date

Start Year Range 1934

End Year Range 1942

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Camera,photography,Kodak,box camera,Brownie Junior,

Title Brownie Junior Six-16 Camera

Description Black box camera made by Kodak and labeled "Six-16 Brownie Junior" on leather handle strap. Camera is two pieces. CMY2534a is the camera itself and is made of metal and glass. The front piece of this has a black and silver art deco design with three circular openings - two smaller brilliant finders above a larger lens opening. The top of the lens area is marked "Six-16" and the lower portion of the lens opening is marked "Brownie Junior." The left side of the camera interior has a golden colored label with instructions for inserting film, manufacturing, and trademark information. The exterior case of the camera, CMY2534b, is a black leather 5-sided cube with a leather carrying strap on top. When the two pieces are fitted together, only the art deco designed side of the camera is visible.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5

Length 0

Width 3.5

Depth 5.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Eastman Kodak Co.

Maker Details Brownie is the name of a long-running popular series of simple and inexpensive cameras made by Eastman Kodak. The Brownie popularized low-cost photography and introduced the concept of the snapshot. The first Brownie, introduced in February 1900,was a very basic cardboard box camera with a simple meniscus lens that took 2-inch square pictures on 117 rollfilm. With its simple controls and initial price of $1, it was intended to be a camera that anyone could afford and use, hence the slogan, "You push the button, we do the rest." The camera was named after the popular cartoons created by Palmer Cox.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2534a-b



Date OCT 16,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes Camera and case are in good condition, with some edge wear on leather case and both edge wear and scratches on metal camera surface.


Date OCT 16,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date OCT 16,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 from Cabinet 1, Shelf 4 - automatic entry by admin