Tools of the Trade

In the foregroundKodak Stereo 1954 – 1959


View-Master Personal Stereo Camera (1952)

In late 1939, the View-Master was introduced at the New York World’s Fair. It was intended as an alternative to the scenic postcard, and was originally sold at photography shops, stationery stores, and scenic-attraction gift shops.

The View-Master Personal stereo camera uses 35mm film to produce 69 stereo pairs from a 36 exposure roll of film.


Rollei 16

The Rollei 16 was the Rolls Royce of 16mm still cameras. Beautifully finished, beautifully engineered, very expensive when new, and arguably the best of their kind – among the best made ”subminiature” ever. Introduced in 1966 and produced until 1972, they arrived at the end of the 16mm sub-mini camera craze that flourished after WWII.


Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera

In 1947, Polaroid introduced its first consumer camera. The Land Camera Model 95 was the first camera to use instant film to quickly produce photographs without developing them in a laboratory.


Exakta Varex VX

The Exakta Varex had an interchangeable waist or eye-level finder. Most controls, including the shutter release and the film wind lever are on the left-hand side. The film is transported in the opposite direction to other 35mm SLRs.


Zeiss Ikon Miroflex


Brownie Bull’s-Eye

The Brownie Bull’s-Eye was a Bakelite Box camera made by Kodak between 1954 & 1960, designed by Arthur H. Crapsey. The body featured an eye-level viewfinder and a large shutter-release button on the front vertical edge, in front of the winding knob.


B&H photo on 9th Avenue

One thought on “Tools of the Trade

  1. I own and have used an EXA, which is a smaller version of the Exacta pictured in your post. They look nearly the same, each as solid as a brick. It served my early 35mm photography days well and was the camera I used in my cross country MGB round trip back in the 1960’s, featured in my series called The Great American Road Trip listed on my web page. Thanks for these images of The Tools of the Trade. M 🙂

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