For sale is a 1950s KODAK BROWNIE BULLET CAMERA with original strap from the Eastman Kodak Company. The manufacture of this camera started in 1957 and was discontinued in 1964. The camera is in good condition but is untested. The camera was acquired as a promotional item. For example, a shopper could save up a required number Campbell soup labels and then mail them in and Campbell’s would send their customer a Brownie Bullet camera as a promotional reward. The camera for sale has a black plastic body with white controls. The camera used 127 format film and the size of the photograph was 1 5/8 inches by 2 1/2 inches. A nice collectible Brownie camera.
In 1880, George Eastman leased the third floor of a building on State Street in Rochester N.Y. to manufacture dry plates. In 1888, Eastman registered the trademark Kodak and produced the first model of the Kodak camera. In 1889, the Eastman Company was formed and in 1892 was renamed the Eastman Kodak Company. In 1895, the company made the first pocket Kodak camera which sold for $5. In 1900, the Brownie camera was introduced, creating a new mass market for photography. By 1920, an “Autographic Feature” provided a means for recording data on the margin of the negative at the time of exposure. In 1932, George Eastman committed suicide at age 77. His suicide note read, “To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?” As late as 1976, Kodak commanded 90% of film sales and 85% of camera sales in the U.S. The emergence of digital cameras sparked a death spiral for this iconic American company.