It’s our penultimate #timesquare and almost the end of the year, and so unsurprisingly I am looking back. And thanks to all of your amazing #timesquares over the past 30 days I’ve been inspired to think out of the archives box by looking in a box!

Brownie Reflex

This Kodak Brownie Reflex was my first camera; it is best described as a box camera with mirror viewfinder. Both the aperture and lens are fixed, but this model did have the option of adding a flash. It would have been made sometime between 1946 and 1962, so was secondhand when I was given it for my birthday in 1979. You could only take twelve 2 ΒΌ” x 2 ΒΌ” photographs, but how appropriate is that for #timesquare!

I have also loved this challenge this month. Thank you all so much for taking part and leaving so many lovely comments. Time has flown, but we still have one day to go. Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow too.

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    1. 😊 I was clearly spoilt as I was given colour film!!

      Love that you had a Kodak Instamatic too, the days when Kodak ruled the photography world!

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      1. Most bizarre how they got it wrong. I had that new system too, but like you didn’t use it long. Might still have the camera though somewhere!

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  1. I have never seen this one before. People always used to gush about their ‘box Brownies’. I don’t think we owned a camera until quite late. My first one was a Kodak Instamatic which I had for years!

    Such a clever timeline Becky and I love the scrawled labelling in your album.

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    1. This is the only camera I kept! Goodness knows what happened to the others, I suspect like you they were re-homed on one of my many moves. So wonderful you’ve kept all the photos though πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Debbie :-), spotted the camera when I was home just before Christmas and thought ahha!!
      Will be there in a moment to join you in infinity and beyond πŸ™‚

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  2. Eeh, those were the days, lass! I had albums that looked like that till we packed to come over here. Quite a few of the pics are now in a cardboard box for ‘one of those rainy days’. You’ll have to come round and we’ll have a giggle. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday, Becky!

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    1. A giggle on a rainy day sounds great fun πŸ™‚ don’t really know what I am going to do with mine. One of these days I’ll sort them all, some of the photos are so bad they’d be on a wall now as modern art!

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      1. Sounds a perfect Sunday. xxx

        PS My washing is about to go out too. Isn’t it windy today, just hoping I am not blown off the balcony!!

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      2. oh my. Hope they are secured and even more importantly for you sound good, or are they those really irritating ones?!!

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  3. I’m really glad this popped up! I’ve been squaring pictures and so you are getting yesterday and today, one now — https://teepee12.com/2018/12/30/birds-eat-on-time-if-the-buffet-is-open-marilyn-armstrong/ and the other in the morning.

    I had a brownie like that one. Didn’t everybody in the world have one? It took terrible pictures, though it depended on whether or not it actually had a lens. Some of them had Leica lenses, but most had the bottom of a coke bottle.

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    1. Hee hee, I know focusing was a real art . . .I still remember walking backwards and forwards trying to focus. Still as a young girl I thought it was amazing!

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  4. What a fab little camera. Funny how you only had square photos. I don’t have my first camera I owned. My sister and I were given a great looking camera called a Snappy. Just a point and shoot and we could only afford black and white. Makes me want to try and find any images I took.
    Thanks for doing this square challenge Becky. I have had lots of fun and found some music I hadn’t heard and found some gems from the past. Can’t wait for March Squares. x

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    1. so so glad you have enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I like the idea of a snappy. Bet it took better photos than this one!

      And how fabulous you’ve been finding gems as well as new. Be interesting to see what you make of March.

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