It feels like ages ago that I took the picture that was to become my trademark Better in Bulk image.
I wish I could take credit for the vision, but I have to admit that it was my friend, Liz, who came up with the idea of displaying the vintage candy jars with all of the candies representing my kids in them. And of course she had the vintage candy jars. She also had two gorgeous vintage cameras, and I thought it would be appropriate to stick a camera in the shot to represent me: The lady who’s crazy about candy AND photography.
I’ll also readily admit that I drooled over the vintage cameras on her shelf, wishing that someday I could start my own collection. What is it about vintage items–especially vintage in my area of expertise (or at least interest)–that send chills up and down my spine. I love antiques.
So you can imagine my giddiness when a friend approached me this week saying that she had a few old cameras that she had rescued out of a house before they were sent to Goodwill. She knew that they needed a good home with someone who appreciated them, and not a 25 cent sticker on the back.
I followed her home to her house and inspected the box. “A few” cameras turned out to be a life-long collection of priceless antiques. The cameras dated back to the 1910s and up to the 50s. Not only were they taken care of like a collector would, but many of them still had their original leather case and instruction manuals.
I am giddy.
I am shocked.
I feel like I’ve just been handed the keys to a gold mine.
Below is the oldest of the cameras, the Kodak No. 2 Folding Cartridge Premo, manufactured between 1916 and 1926. Despite the fact that I was taking these pictures at 8:00 at night…aren’t the beauties?
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