Today at my vernacular photography blog, Tattered and Lost Vernacular Photography, I've posted the entire pamphlet that came with the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera and a photo of some woman holding one. I decided to post the pamphlet here since it's technically ephemera. Step on over to the other site to see the woman with her cigarette and camera taken in 1955. Classic.

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  1. Yes, photography was are real event in those days. We never had a Brownie, my dad was 'into' photography and had a Pentax 35mm. It doesn't seem long since we had to load film but I'm so glad we don't do it anymore. I love digital.

  2. The only problem with digital is that as soon as I get a camera a better one comes along. It's always an unending chase. Right now I crave one that costs $6,000. I will never get one, but I know there is a tool out there that would do things I can never do with any of the digital cameras I have. I will for now just lust after this camera. Okay, I even lust over the ad which features Bryshnikov.

  3. Anonymous4/17/2010

    I have a hawkeye and I love it. I was intrigued when I found my Grandma's in her basement, and purchased one myself for 8 bucks at a small antique store in rural Ontario. It's really an amazing little camera - the simplicity of it all.

  4. It is a really neat little camera. Have a lot of fond memories of the excitement of taking my first photos with one. I now have it sitting on my book shelf. Unto itself it's a really nice design. Thanks for stopping in.