In the Family

Last time I was home my dad shared this little gem with me.


It’s my grandmother’s first camera. It’s a Brownie Junior Six-20, and it was introduced in 1934 (dad thinks Oma bought it not long after that) at a cost of $2.50.  It was really the first “portable” camera, and could be used for either portrait or landscape images, which was pretty cutting edge. Dad remembers seeing photos from it, and they were pretty good. There is a detailed instruction manual available online which was an interesting read. Even more interesting was the discovery that there are still a few companies who make film that can be modified to work in this camera. I sense some experiments in the near future!