Brownie Hawkeye

The Classics: Day 3 – Looking back at all the cameras over the last 50 years or so, it’s pretty evident how these cameras are loaded with film and how the picture is taken. The Brownie Hawkeye is one that puzzled me. I had to google to figure out how one would load the film into the camera and how one would use it. For instance, I was curious why there would be a red plastic window in the back of the camera behind where the film would be??? Apparently there were numbers on the back of the film role and as you would load the film, and wind the reel, a number would “1” would appear in the window to let you know that the film is ready to be exposed. I was also amazed at how simple this camera is. It basically looks like a plastic box with a fixed lens on the side and a button to open up the shutter. Very cool to see how cameras in the past worked.

Brownie Hawkeye


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