Last week I showed you a photo of my new, actually very old, camera:
When I started looking for an antique camera, I hadn't really planned on getting it. I had something else, entirely, in mind.
I wanted an old plate camera.
I wanted it to have red bellows. (The bellows are the accordion-type part.)
Wouldn't you know, right after I found the Kodak pictured above, I found exactly what I had originally set out to purchase.
It was love at first sight.
Love, love, love!
Yes, I fell in love with a material object.
Call me shallow.
It came with a full set of original plates.
The plates are stored in the top half of the case. The camera was stored on the bottom half. (Obviously, the camera is not in the case in the above photo.)
Inside that little box on the bottom, are a few extra, old, funky, Burke & James lenses.
Have I mentioned I love old and funky?
As I age, I plan on being extremely old and funky myself.
(Except, I don't want to be funky-smelling, because funky-smelling isn't nearly as fun as just plain funky.)
But my story doesn't end there.
You wouldn't believe what happened next.
Someone pointed out an even older very rare, antique, even-more-funky, camera and said, "Omigod.You.Have.To.Take.It.Home.Or.You.Will.Never.See.One.Of.These.Again."
Because I'm weak, or perhaps because I've been coming out of the depths of hell from my recent pain flare up …
Or perhaps because Briefcase has been gone for weeks and I was restless …
Or perhaps because I'm really weak ….
And also, maybe, because I got an amazing (!!) price on it …
I ended up giving a home to this 1890 Eastman Box Camera.
As you can see, the outside is really beat up.
But inside, if you look past the dust …
It's actually in very good shape.
A collection of antique cameras has begun.
Do you collect anything?
And if so, what?
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