While visiting South Carolina, I’ve stopped at several antique stores. In one, I found this Brownie Kodak Hawkeye Flash Model camera. It made me smile. My Grandmother had one, and it was the first camera I ever used.
From visiting sites on the internet, I have been able to determine that this model was produced from 1949 to 1961. Based upon the code printed on the inside, this particular camera was produced in March of 1952.
The cost of the camera was $5.50, the pin and screw flash attachment would have been an additional $7.00, and it used 620 film.
I own four cameras and a phone that is basically my go-to-camera. I certainly didn’t pay $12.50 for any of them. 🙂
Do I want to go back to these days? Not really, but I do enjoy the trip down memory lane and thinking about how far photography has advanced. I love taking lots of photos and then being able to review them for the best one at no additional cost.
I certainly remember the days of film developing and waiting for the call that the photos were ready for pickup. I could never wait to leave the store before opening up the little booklet to see if I’d captured anything.
The blogging community depends upon instant digital photography. We snap, choose, edit, and upload in a matter of minutes if not seconds.
Why did I pay $14 for this old camera? Memories. You just can’t put a price on good memories. 🙂