Cameras at the Beach

Vintage snapshot of a 1920s family in the surf, with the man holding a period box camera

Circa 1920s family ready to capture just about any moment

Beach woman holding fold-out camera, circa 1910

Camera woman, circa 1910

Vintage snapshot of 1920s group at the beach, including camera

Circa 1920s group + camera (at right; click to enlarge)

I will be posting much more regularly from now on, beginning with what you might call an ode to the coming summer. Please see vintage-snapshots for another great beach shot added today.

“Hitting the Grade” with the 3A Special Kodak

Image taken from the January 1923 issue of Kodakery of a motorcycle rider coming down a hill

A page from Kodakery, January 1923

This is just a great shot from the January 1923 issue of Kodakery. The 3A Special Kodak it indicates was used was produced from 1910 to 1914, so they must have taken this photo with something of an “older” camera, if indeed it was a recent shot. $65 translates into today’s dollars to the tune of approximately $1,585, so these cameras were not cheap, which is a little surprising to me, as they were in the end a foldout pocket camera, as you see below in a 1911 ad. Note that they were designed to take postcard-sized photos.

3A Special camera print ad from 1911

The flexibility of “speed control” — as in, shutter speed (Click to enlarge)

Dueling Cameras

Woman and man take photographs of each other in 1920s vintage snapshot

The Kodak Brownie in use, circa 1920s

This 1920s snapshot provides a charming look at what are likely Kodak Brownies – possibly, at least in the case of the woman, a 1920s No. 3, Model B, as from what one can make out in the close-up it looks an awful lot like that model – including the trigger guard, which according to this very informative site was added to the Model B from 1920. The No. 3 was produced from 1908 to 1934, and estimates are that somewhere above one million were made.

Detail of what is likely a Kodak No.3, Model B camera in use, circa 1920s

Ready to shoot

Kodak No. 3, Model B, circa 1920s

Kodak No. 3, Model B, circa 1920s (photo: