Kodak No. 2 Brownie

When introduced in 1901, the Brownie No. 2 box camera permitted millions of people to experience photography for the first time. For this reason it is a very significant camera and occupies an important place in history. It was packaged with a drawing of a Brownie on the package, hence the name. Simple to use, Kodak proudly stated in it’s ads "Operated by any School Boy or Girl". Easy to load paper backed roll film contributed to its great success. Over two and a half million cameras were sold before the end of 1921. Although often not marked, several models were made, the model F, with an aluminum case being the last (prior to 1924 heavy card stock was used). Later variations had color finishes (red, grey green, brown & blue). Other variations included coarser grained leatherette, detachable winding keys, different catches and tripod sockets. A special silver model was produced in the UK for the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935. Some may consider the modern day equivalent of the box camera to be the single use disposable plastic camera, however, the inexpensive point and shoot digital cameras use no film and are much easier on the environment.

  • - Manufactured 1901 - 1933
  • 1901 - 1933 Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York
  • Single element meniscus lens with three selectable apertures
  • Rotary single speed shutter with time exposures possible by lifter a small lever
  • Size 120 paper backed roll film - 8 exposures.
  • Ansel Adams first camera was a Kodak Brownie