So this morning I figured I’d head along down to the local Trash and Treasure, or ‘Car Boot sale’, Flea market? Whatever you might call it, it’s pretty much a few dozen or so groups of people trying to sell all their unwanted junk from a stall they set up in front of their car. Usually what they don;t sell by the end of the day it all goes to the tip, or to a charity. So you can imagine the type of quality equipment on offer right? Regardless it’s good fun to poke around and see what you can find. In the past I’ve picked up an old Nikonos underwater camera for $20. It’s still one of the more sought after underwater film cameras today. What found today though I feel is much more awesome and I feel will get much more use. A still working Box Brownie Junior.
Box Brownie Junior
The Box Brownie Junior was first sold in 1934 for $2.25 with the aim of marketing a ‘miniature’ camera with the same ease of use and appeal of it’s original box brownie cameras. Today, about 80 years later, I paid double it’s original worth, a whopping $5!. It’s a Six-20 Box Brownie Junior (US model) and it says it uses the very hard to find 620 Kodak film, but I stuck a roll of 120 in it and it works fine. Not that I’m going to be using it much with film. I plan on cutting individual slides of paper to stick into the back of it and shoot some ultra-long exposures, like my award winning solarization portfolio here.
As for a photo of my magnificently vintage, and original hipster Box Brownie Junior. Here: