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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    Also, do you know how to find out the age of your Brownie? Use the YXXX code on the bottom of the shutter piece.
    So how do I decode YARR?
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    So how do I decode YARR?

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    YARR=02/55, so your camera was made in February 1955.

    My oldest is 1949 which was one of the first models, with the metal advance knob. If I'm not mistaken, its a Canadian model. There were three versions of the Hawkeye - one made in Rochester NY, one made in Canada, and a third that was made in France I believe.

    There is some good information here if you haven't seen this page before: http://www.brownie-camera.com/

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    See if you can get a copy of Brian Coe's book Kodak Cameras: The First Hundred Years from a library.
    I got a copy for my birthday and it is nice to have for a collector like myself.

    http://www.amazon.com/Kodak-Cameras-.../dp/1874707375

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    C A M E R O S I T Y
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0



    YARR=02/55, so your camera was made in February 1955.

    My oldest is 1949 which was one of the first models, with the metal advance knob. If I'm not mistaken, its a Canadian model. There were three versions of the Hawkeye - one made in Rochester NY, one made in Canada, and a third that was made in France I believe.

    There is some good information here if you haven't seen this page before: http://www.brownie-camera.com/
    February 1955 made in Rochester NY

    Thanks!
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    I also have a Kodak Baby Brownie Special, takes 127 film.

    My grandfather had it in the attic and I was surprised when I shot my first roll of 127 (back when Kodak still made color 127!), the pictures came out quite nice. I do not know what year this one was manufactured, but on top of the inside front half of the camera, it has:

    PATENTS U.S.A.
    2,234,716 2,245,257 2,249,517
    CANADA 1939, 1940, 1942
    T.M. REG U.S.PAT.OFF
    Although the camera strap is very frayed, the camera itself is in excellent shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverhead View Post
    If you're in the Boston area, go check out Newtonville Camera. I know they're not in downtown but they've been around forever & are reputable. I remember shopping there when I was in high school, and have picked up stuff there occasionally when my travels bring me back to New England.
    I recently located another photo developer that is somewhat-local (give or take, 50 miles), who also accepts orders through the mail, including 120 and 127 film. If I send a roll First Class Mail, it should be delivered there the next day, so I am going to give them a try.
    Last edited by epp; 05-27-2012 at 08:52 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    HAHA!! Someone just had an early (metal advance knob) Brownie Hawkeye listed for $19 OBO on eBay.

    I submitted an offer of $5 at the 5 hours left mark and they took it! NICE!!

    That makes Hawkeye #6!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    That makes Hawkeye #6!!
    Wow, and I thought me and my four Yashica Electro 35 GSN cameras was a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McFortner View Post
    Wow, and I thought me and my four Yashica Electro 35 GSN cameras was a lot!
    I can be a bit obsessive. Just a tad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherCoy View Post
    I can be a bit obsessive. Just a tad.
    You say it like it's a bad thing.

    Of course, I got two of the 4 I have for my children in case they want their own rangefinder cameras. Right now, my 14 year old son is having fun with his Cosina SLR I found a while back at a thrift store, and my 8 year old daughter likes the fixed focus viewfinder camera she uses, so I still get to keep the extras!

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