That's true but they were usually only brought out of the closet for a special event, a birthday, family get together or vacation.
When they made an appearance it was "special".
Cameras were like cake.
Not so, in 1888 - The name "Kodak" was born and the KODAK camera was placed on the market, with the slogan, "You press the button - we do the rest." Millions of amateur pictures were taken from then on.