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.
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.
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.
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.
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