The Brownie No. 2 Model F is a box roll film camera that was manufactured by Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY. The Kodak Brownie No. 2 was made between 1901-1933, and the Model F was introduced in 1924. The Brownie name was derived from a series of popular cartoons called "The Brownies" created by Palmer Cox. Kodak marketed the cameras heavily towards children, but their ease of use and affordability allowed the Brownie to have mass market appeal.
Model Fs rolled off Kodak’s assembly lines from 1924 to 1935. For some of those years you could get one in blue, brown, gray, green, or red!
The No.2 Brownie is significant in that it was the first camera to use 120 roll film. It started production being made of leatherette covered card and, from 1924, changed to a metal box. A very simple camera with a very dependable shutter shutter. It has two sliding mechanisms on the top, one for a bulb, or time setting, and the other for a choice of 3 apertures. It also has two small reflecting finders for vertical or horizontal shots.
The Model F is unique because it has a leatherette covered aluminum frame, replacing many versions made of cardboard. As a result, the Model F was more durable than many previous models. The Model F is also significant because it was the first to use 120 roll film, taking six 2.25x3.25'' exposures without reloading. The camera also features dual finders that allow the shooter to take portrait or landscape photos by changing the orientation of the camera. The Kodak Brownie No. 2 Model F is a neat part of photographic history and a nice collectible camera.
The No.2 Brownie was a fantastic addition to the Brownie line, they just don't seem to stop working. It's still very easy to find film and though it is a very simple camera, the ability to choose an aperture is a big plus. These come in quite a few variations but never changed the primary look or function of this successful camera.
|Kodak Brownie No. 2 Model F
|Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY
|US, Canada, And From 1928-1935 In The UK
|120 film roll Box Camera
|2 1/4 X 3 1/4"
|Dimensions & Weight
|73 x 100 x 125 mm
|1901 - 1935
|Over 2,500,000 Before 1921