Welcome to part two of Patrick’s Camera collection! To recap, when Patrick and I began dating, he was focusing on a career as a photographer, and when I learned he didn’t collect anything, I gifted him a single vintage camera I had purchased years earlier. Over the years his collection has grown. To view Volume 1, which covers cameras from 1900 to 1949 click here.
Today we look at the later half of the 20th century.
Kodak Duaflex II circa 1950-1954.
After Patrick began collecting in earnest, he began to wonder if any worked and could still be used. He started with this Duaflex back in 2012, and has used it on and off, mostly due to the cost of film. Between the film itself, development, and prints, it usually comes out to around $2 per photo. But I am very in love with the photos this camera produces. Due to its relatively poor quality lens it creates a kind of dreamy, vignette look.
Kodak Duaflex IV circa 1950s (discontinued in 1960)
Crystar circa 1950s
The smallest of our collection, the Crystar measures under two inches in length.
Tower One-Twenty Flash by Sears circa 1950s
Spectator Flash circa 1950s
Kodak Brownie Hawkeye circa 1950-1961
Kodak Holiday Flash circa 1953-1962
Herco Imperial circa 1955
Sabre 620 circa 1956-1972
Savoy circa 1956-1965
This is the little camera that started it all! I picked up this camera at an antique show for $8 when I was in 8th or 9th grade. I simply loved the bright mint color. I later gifted it to Patrick when he was pursuing a career as a photographer and told me he didn’t collect anything. Little did I know it would result in a massive collection that we used to decorate our home with.
Sawyer Nomad 127
Polaroid Land Camera 800 circa 1957-1962
Kodak Brownie Starflex c. 1957-1964
Argus Match-matic C3 circa 1958-1966
Yashica-D circa 1958-1974
This Yashica was recently gifted to Patrick by a friend. Unlike the Duaflex, targeted toward families for average use, Yashicas were for advanced amateurs and therefore produce much clearer photos. Here are two shots from when Patrick took it to Disneyland on March 1.
Polaroid Model 80B circa 1959
Spartus Vanguard circa 1960s
Petri 7S circa 1962
SX-70 circa 1972
I hope you enjoyed this look into Patrick’s camera collection! Do you have a favorite from the collection? Is there anything you started collecting because someone gifted you something?