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