Reminiscence room: Looking back on Jewish life in the UK

Kodak camera with a pop out lens and concertina mounting.

Kodak camera

The image above is a black leather bound Kodak camera with a pop out lens and concertina mounting. The camera has a black pull up viewfinder and silver dial for winding the film.

"I always have a full-length mirror next to the camera when I'm doing publicity stills. That way, I know how I look."

Marilyn Monroe

The first partially successful photograph was taken in 1816 (approximately) by Nicéphore Niépce. He created the image by using a very small camera of his own making and a piece of paper coated with silver chloride, which darkened where it was exposed to light. No means of removing the remaining unaffected silver chloride was known to Niépce, so the photograph was not permanent; eventually, it became entirely darkened by the overall exposure to light necessary for viewing it.

In 1888, George Eastman founded Kodak and eventually produced cameras that were affordable and easy to use. 

The Kodak Folding Brownie Six-20 is a viewfinder folding camera for making 2¼ × 3¼ inch exposures on No. 620 roll film. These cameras were made by Kodak Ltd. in the UK. The first model is named on the faceplate, "Folding Brownie Six-20," and was produced from 1937 through 1940.


* When did your family first have a camera?

* Did you have family photos at celebrations?

* Do you still have black and white pictures?

Do you remember the sound of a photograph being taken by an old fashioned camera?

Listen to an audio clip: