my obsession with vintage cameras (giveaway).

My obsession with vintage cameras continues.

my obsession with vintage cameras

On Saturday my sister and I went to the ECCO (that’s East Calhoun Community Organization) neighborhood sales.  It’s one of the smaller neighborhood sales that I go to.  This year they had 44 sales.  You’d be surprised how quickly you can hit 44 sales in a concentrated area.

This was their 44th annual neighborhood sale (44 sales on their 44th anniversary?  I wonder if they noticed that).  Holy mackerel right?  That’s a long history of sales.  Sometimes one of the problems with well established neighborhood sales like these is that you have a lot of ‘regulars’; people who hold a sale every year.  So either they have one little table with a handful of stuff, or they are selling antiques priced at antique shop prices.  One garage was full of silver.  It was gorgeous.  The husband had polished all of it and it just gleamed.  There were gorgeous serving pieces of every kind.  But sadly, not very many people are buying are buying silver serving pieces to use these days.  This stuff was probably bargain priced for silver, but priced too high for garage sale shoppers.

In the end, Debbie and I did not come home with much.  However, I did come home with five more vintage cameras to add to my non-collection!

I picked out these two because they had the flash apparatuses attached.

vintage cameras 1

And I chose this one because I’d never seen one like this.

vintage camera twin flex

I also picked up this one.

vintage camera case

I thought perhaps some of you may not know the little secret about this style.  If you saw this sitting on a table at a garage sale, would you pick it up?

Here’s what’s inside.

vintage kodak

Still not impressed?

Here’s what you see when you ‘open’ it up.

vintage camera inside

Do you know what happens next?  Yep, it telescopes out like this …

vintage camera extended

Now sadly, this one is not in good shape.  The bellows is completely stuck inside the case.  It should look like this …

vintage camera with bellows

I’m debating scavenging parts from the damaged camera to make a necklace.  Check out {this necklace} by A Mark In Time to see my inspiration for that plan.

But in the meantime, I have loaded my new cameras into the cabinet on my front porch.

vintage camera collection

And it’s getting pretty full, which means it’s time to refine my collection (check out {this post} to see how the cabinet looked just a little over a year ago).  Some of the extras will make their way into my fall Carriage House sale, but I thought it would be fun to also share the wealth with you guys!

I happen to have two of these Kodak Duaflex cameras.

vintage kodak duaflex

So I am going to give one away.  All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on this blog post (Facebook comments do not count) by Friday, June 10 at the stroke of midnight.  I will draw a name from the list of people who commented and the lucky winner will receive the camera.  Thus I will be able to transfer my obsession with vintage cameras on to someone new!

Best of luck!

105 thoughts on “my obsession with vintage cameras (giveaway).

  1. Thanks so much for a chance to win. I enjoy following your blog and seeing your makeovers. They are inspiring and motivate me to work on my own!

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  2. I also have a camera non-collection which started when I found 3 in a box lot I bought at auction. Cameras would not otherwise have been on my radar, but I do love a bit of industrial design

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  3. Love the necklace idea – I think it looks vintage and unique and now I totally want one!!! It was great to see you Saturday – I have missed you!

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  4. I have a start of a non collection too. I got two cameras from my in laws. They were going to get thrown away so I rescued them. I would love to give them a buddy. Thanks for the chance at a giveaway.

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  5. It would be fun to wear “a snapshot in time” necklace using a mini-photo of my Grandma Clara from that era! I’ll add it to my list of things to create! Love, love the camera you’ve selected for “give-away”. Please enter my name for a possible win!

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  6. Love your non collection; those vintage cameras are wonderful! I totally miss the days of film, when I would actually have my pictures printed – it was always so much fun to pick them up and see how they turned out. My children, home for summer break from college, must be feeling nostalgic – they have been pulling out all the old photos and re-living fun childhood times.

    What a terrific idea to make a unique necklace from that broken camera! I never would have thought of that.

    Thanks for the chance at the give-away,

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    1. It’s always fun to go through old photos. I have to admit, I don’t miss film at all. I’m much more into the instant gratification I get from digital 😉

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  7. Wow what a great giveaway! I love cameras but my daughter Jenna is a great photographer and a collector of a couple of vintage cameras. She also has a vintage
    Kodak advertising poster and I love those old ads. As she is a single Mom, there isn’t much money left over for collecting things and 3 year olds don’t love going to garage sales. So would love to win it for her. She had 3 of her photos picked for publication in Miss Mustard Seed’s Look Book 2 .
    I also have a US postal box if I’m lucky enough to win, as I am in Canada.

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  8. Q,
    I remember when I was little my Mother had a camera like the one you are giving away. Would love to have that one to use for decor!
    Blessings

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  9. How absolutely generous of you! I still regret that I didn’t grab the old Brownie camera from my parents house after my mom passed away. I have a sibling that was living there at the time – she loves garage sales, and decluttering. I know it ended up either in the trash, or priced at a quarter. : ( Well, everyone looks at life differently, don’t they? : )

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    1. So true! I can’t tell you how many times people have said “oh, I gave one of those to Goodwill” about any number of the things in my house.

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  10. Ooooh, would I love one of your cameras!! I have just one now, but it needs a partner and is very lonely sitting on the shelf by itself. Another would look like the start of a collection, right?

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  11. I love, love, love your camera collection! Yes, I do think you should make a necklace …definitely worth it for a collector like you. I started a small collection myself after seeing yours and have a couple in my bookcase. I picked up one with the flash apparatus at a thrift shop…couldn’t resist it! Thanks for a chance… I would love to add

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  12. Hi Ms. Q,
    I look forward each morning to your post. Thank you!
    I would love to give this camera to my husband for Father’s Day as he is a pro photographer and the inventor of the #1 underwater camera light arm system!

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  13. How kind of you! If I am chosen to win, I will be giving it to my son. He has a small collection he inherited from his Great Grandpa. He is a budding photographer, so it is a perfect collection for him! Have a wonderful day!

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  14. Like you I love old cameras, ok I love any old tool, piece of equipment or industrial piece. There is something about the craftsmanship of vintage pieces. The way you display your collection is art I itself. Thank you for all the great inspiration and for the giveaway!!!

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  15. I have the start of an obsession, but you are a wee bit ahead of me, lol.
    I started buying them because they are like sculpture to me, but like no other sculpture because their beauty, design & art are born merely out of use.
    Form follows Function, Right??

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  16. I love the necklace idea, too! Vintage cameras would be a great collection, or non-collection, for Hannah. If you draw my name, it will be a gift for her–so no shipping!

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  17. My father had a thing for cameras and I inherited his. I had one like the one you are giving away and one like the one in the leather case, plus a couple of other brownie box cameras. After you showed yours on the blog I went to look for mine. Apparently they went to the Goodwill in our last move with my kitchen cookware. Never let a tired husband label boxes. Love the camera necklace. It never ceases to amaze me how very clever some people are.

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    1. I loved that necklace when I saw it on pinterest. At the time I couldn’t imagine how anyone would have the nerve to dismantle a camera to make it, but now I have the perfect candidate for that since that camera is in such bad shape overall.

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  18. Oooooooo If I, win any chance I can get the broken bellows camera?!? I have a soft spot for broken things. I do altered art and that camera is just begging to become a star in the altered art world. Otherwise, let me suggest this. Why not put a stack of vintage cabinet photos in the gap where the bellows would have been? Very thematic and you could move different photos to the forefront occasionally. Lucky you to find a gorgeous broken object – besides broken me of course!

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  19. A quick aside and not intended to be a cheating second entry…. you showed a photo of what the broken camera should look like. I beg to disagree. Whatever you find and in whatever condition, it is EXACTLY what it should look like. Time and use are the real artists who leave their mark for the discerning eye.

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  20. I am in the process of decorating both of my little boys’ rooms and a camera would be such a cute industrial touch on a (non-reachable) shelf!

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  21. You have a great camera collection! I have been buying old cameras and then gift them to my adult nieces and nephews. They love vintage technology and old cameras are good conversation pieces. Thanks for Sharing!

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  22. These give-away cameras remind of the one I used about 45 years ago at Girl Scout Camp. I didn’t quite get how to use it, as evidenced by a few heads being chopped off at the should. I love the memory. Thank you for the opportunity to win! It would certainly be a welcomed start to another collection!

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  23. Please enter me in your drawing. I’m remembering a camera with an extended flash when I was a kid. Will have to dig around Mom’s house. So many look so great together. Great non-collection

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  24. Love your “non-collection”. My dad used to take pictures with some of these and develop them in his basement darkroom. Fond memories.

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  25. What is it about vintage camera and, for me, typewriters? I eagerly await your blog post in my inbox!

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    1. You just gotta love ’em, right? Kids love ’em too. Whenever I have any kids at my house they are always immediately drawn to the typewriters!

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  26. I don’t need another obsession but would love to win. Thanks for your generosity. I was born in the 40s and several of these are familiar.

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  27. I “shutter” to think how exciting it would be to have such a fab non-collection. Thank you for the chance to start one!

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  28. The first old camera my daughter saw she was hooked (she was 12 at the time) her collection is slowly growing, she gets so excited when I walk in with a great find. Thank you so much for the chance..I love receiving your daily newsletter, you amaze me with every project that you do.

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  29. Old cameras excite me and it is even more special when you can learn the history first-hand about the camera from the owner. My collection is small but I’m always looking for “new” acquisitions:)

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  30. What a treat, lots of vintage cameras and a giveaway! I love the way you have displayed them! Sounds like you and your sister had a fun day!

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  31. Oh what fun it would be to start a camera collection. Knowing that you are the source of inspiration for said collection is even more exciting. Hoping I’m the lucky winner and thanking you in advance for your generosity.
    Vanessa

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  32. Oh how I love vintage cameras!!! I just LOVE photography!! Though I have not started collecting, I know i have the perfect spot in my craft room to begin one!! Thanks for always sharing!!

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  33. I love your camera collection! I have just one now, but its is lonely and it needs a friend to sit next to.

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  34. I collect vintage cameras as well! I used them as part of the center pieces in my wedding last September. I agree in having to refine the collection, or else it gets overwhelming! Thanks for the great idea on how to display them!

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  35. I love vintage and have a collection of vintage vases, I don’t even know how it started but now I have all different types and I love them all. I love your camera display, the typewriter is just awesome! Thank you for the chance to win.

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