Oh, the basics of yesteryear. How we turn them into the treasures of today.
I have long been fascinated with vintage cameras. I love the interesting look and beautiful lines of these relics of another era. I’ve been searching for quite some time for a piece of vintage loveliness of my own. But as what usually happens with cool collectibles, they tend to be increasingly hard to find. Now I know that I would probably have luck scrolling through eBay, but I’d rather see and feel the camera in my hands before I buy it. I’m not an official collector, I just want a few items that really speak to me. Items that I love and have an emotional connection to, not just a clinical search for certain brands or models. That’s why my search has mainly been focused on antique malls and thrift stores.
So I was quite thrilled this week to find my first vintage camera. I was combing the aisles of a large antique mall and spied this vintage beauty from the other side of the booth sitting among some old dishware and a sparkly poodle figurine. The booth had many items stacked in piles on the floor in between me and my future camera. I had to navigate my way around the narrow aisle and wait patiently for the woman puttering in front of me. All of a sudden she stared and pointed directly at MY camera (I’m already envisioning it on my mantel at this point) and excitedly shouted to her man who was tooling around on another aisle to “Look At That!” I held my breath as visions of me launching myself over a box of paperweights and diving past the lady onto the camera danced around my head. The woman (who was oblivious to my inner turmoil) then reached out and grabbed a glass decanter that was sitting directly behind the camera. She then turned and shuffled off down the aisle to show her husband her newest treasure.
Breathing a sigh of relief, I quickly snatched the camera up and made a beeline for the cash register at the other end of the store. (All the while clutching it to my chest and muttering, “My precious…”)
It’s a Kodak No. 2 Kodamatic. (That is pretty much all I know about it.) I need to do a little more research as I would love to find out the year it was made.
I’m loving my new old camera. It’s currently sitting on the fireplace mantel looking all cool and retro. (Although, my youngest did mention that he thought it was a little creepy with the “camera eye” pointing directly at him while he was sitting on the sofa.)
So what about you? Any vintage loves, antique mall adventures (or creepy staring eyes?)
~ Miss Charming
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