Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

One of the first cameras I owned and used as a child in the 60’s. The Kodak Brownie Hawkeye is a Bakelite box camera that takes 6x6cm images on620 film, made in the USA and France by Kodak, between 1949-1961. There were also examples labelled “Brownie Fiesta” and “Brownie Flash”. The original design did not have a flash facility , but the Flash model was added in 1950 and called the Brownie Flash in France and the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash in the USA. Earlier models of the camera have a metal film advance knob; later models have a knurled plastic knob.

Brownie Hawkeye

Mechanical System-a system that manages the power of forces and movements to accomplish a task.

 I have always been fascinated  with mechanical things. Whether it be a vintage watch,  clock, or typewriter, I find that the inner workings are like of work of art with all the levers, gears, springs coming together to perform a task. That is one reason I like to collect and use vintage film cameras, there is something about adjusting for distance, aperture and shutter speed then cocking the shutter and look at the subject and take the image. It makes me slow down and see things a little differently.


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