Originally Posted by Scrambler
Glad this resurfaced :-)
I've only got back to 1925 (or so) in cameras I own. I only want to have cameras I can use (and so that means really collectable museum pieces are out of the question). The 2 1925 options both use 120 - a Kodak No.2 Brownie (but with the metal build) and a 6x9cm plate film view camera with a roll film back added.
It's interesting to me that while these would be regarded as using a quite decent-sized film now, at the time they were almost toy cameras - in fact the Brownie really was. The pre-1925 versions of the ICA plate camera I have were marketed as children's cameras, the 1925 version is slightly fancier but I have no doubt would still have been seen as a "children's" camera for wealthier parents.
I have a negative holder that would suit the 6x9 plate camera - to be used for contact printing. We forget that enlargement just wasn't done "back in the day". Even my 6x9 plate camera from about 1929 would have been too small to be a professional's camera - a serious amateur though.
You right. Majority of these camera really for amateur. I never see in old catalogs children with camera, but many pictures of some ladies & gentlemen on the bike or in park with small cameras in hands (I guess they not professional photographer
I have try to used these cameras. It still hard to use no mater of plate size. I guess level of "amateurish" is little different 100 yeas ago