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87/582 Camera, 'Brownie model No 2A', metal / glass / wood / textile / leather, made by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, United States of America, 1930-1933. Click to enlarge.

Eastman Kodak ‘Brownie model No 2A’ camera.

Kodak made the 'Box Brownie model No 2A' between 1930-1933. The camera was released in an aluminium case as well as in blue, brown, grey, green, and red cases. It was replaced by the short-lived Brownie Six-16.

George Eastman patented his first Kodak camera in 1889 with the slogan: 'You press the button we do the rest'. Over the next century Kodak cameras revolutionised photography by reducing costs and making simple but high quality camera's available to non-professionals.

The earliest Kodak's were simple box cameras which were sent to a local dealer after all the shots on the film inside were taken. The dealer developed the film and sent the photographs and the reloaded camera back to the photographer. Kodak realised the real money was in the sale and developing of film and he introduced numerous models to capture the interest of people from all walks of life.

While introducing a wide range of innovative features, two designs dominated Kodak's cameras. The most famous of these was the Box Brownie, designed by Frank Brownell, and introduced at the cost of one dollar in 1900. Brownie's were produced in one form or another up until the 1960s when the Kodak Instamatic was introduced.

The second major design was Folding Pocket Kodak camera introduced in the 1890s. The Folding Pocket camera was highly portable and could be brought in a range of film sizes. Larger negatives such as those found in the No. 4A Folding Pocket Camera were favoured for more professional shots. The smaller Vest Pocket Kodak camera's were introduced in 1912 and were popular with soldiers in World War One.

McKeown, Jim and Joan, Collectors Guide to Kodak Cameras, Centennial Photo Service, 1981

Geoff Barker, March, 2007


Object No.


Object Statement

Camera, 'Brownie model No 2A', metal / glass / wood / textile / leather, made by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, United States of America, 1930-1933

Physical Description

Camera, 'Brownie model No 2A', metal / glass / wood / textile / leather, made by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, United States of America, 1930-1933

A rectangular box-like camera covered in blue leatherette with a blue leather strap on the top. A horizontal viewfinder is located in the top of the camera and a vertical viewfinder and a shutter release lever on the right side of the camera. The film winder for the camera is located on the right side of the camera. Three circular lenses can be seen on the front of the camera. There is a hinged door back of the camera with a round yellow tinted window in the top left corner. The door closes with a metal clasp on the top of the camera.


Text on the inside of the door in the back of the camera reads in part 'No 2A Brownie / MODEL C / Msde in the USA by / Eastman Kodak Co / Rochester NY / Patented in the USA/...' Embossed into the surface of the leather handle is text that reads "BROWNIE'. Text around the film winder reads 'USE FILM NO 116'.



127 mm


84 mm


153 mm



This camera was made by Eastman Kodak in America 1930-1933.


Credit Line

Purchased 1987

Acquisition Date

15 May 1987

Cite this Object


Eastman Kodak 'Brownie model No 2A' camera. 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 January 2021, <>


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