Kodak Number 3 Brownie


Made from 1908 - 1934. This beast of a brownie takes long discontinued 124 film. It produces six  3 1/4 x 4 1/4 images per roll. It's made of wood and was first patented in 1894. I bought the silly thing because it had a roll of exposed film in it.

The shutter still works perfectly and the little viewfinders are clear but at $30 a roll for 124-6 film I doubt I'll be using it. That's a shame though. I think cameras have "souls" and I feel a definite satisfaction when I use a camera that hasn't been used for decades. It's good Kharma, dude.

I had to process the film in a tray as I couldn't find my 124 reel (yeah, I actually have one somewhere.) I used HC110-B for eight minutes and I was surprised as hell that the film wasn't a wreck. It was extremely curly but straightened out when I hung it up with weights attached.


There's a marked sadness to photographs like these. Photos that are lost. Photos of long-dead people that stopped for a moment and smiled for the camera.

Stiff as a board and proud of her hat and dress, this lady from yesterday smiled at the photographer with the sun at his back.

The same wooden smile, but this time she has more to be proud of it seems. Who is the guy with the real-gone shoes ? I'd guess it's her son





I'm sure at least some of these people once asked, "I wonder what happened to those pictures Uncle Harry took."

Well, this guy from Massachusetts bought Uncle Harry's camera in 2004. He used a machine to break down the photos into 1's and 0's and put the photos on "the internet" so everyone in the world could see them in an instant.


Yeah, right.