The "Brownie" collection of cameras was introduced in 1900 as a less expensive line that was advertised as "almost a Kodak." Both box and folding camera styles were made over a period of several decades.
The No. 2 Folding Pocket Brownie Camera was manufactured from 1904 to 1915. It is constructed of wood with imitation leather covering, nickeled hardware, and brass lens frame, and fitted with a meniscus lens with the Pocket automatic shutter. Features included two tripod sockets and an automatic focusing lock. Unlike Brownie box cameras it has adjustable focus. It is capable of taking 8 images, 2¼ x 3¼ inches, on 120 film, which was first introduced in 1901 and is still in production today. The compact designed was able to fit into a (large) pocket, measuring 6-7/8 x 3-5/8 x 2-1/8 inches and weighing 16 ounces. It was originally priced at $5.00.
This specific camera dates to 1904-1905, based on the design of the wooden (rather than metal) front standard and the style of focus mechanism. These features were changed starting with the 1906 model. It is in superb working order and is still a very practical camera for modern use.
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