There's always something special about a boys first camera. A boy's first camera was a kind of right of passage, a symbol that your growing up. When a boy was given a camera to call his own, it meant that he could be trusted and could be responsible with expensive things.. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie and sold for around $12 in 1960's. $12 dollars back then, translates to around $95 dollars today. A huge investment back in the 60's..
I remember how excited I was when I opened up the bright yellow box! I was going to be the next Jimmy Olsen! (For the younger crowd, Jimmy Olsen was the fictional character who played in Superman as a young photojournalist working for the Daily Planet. He of course was close friends with Lois Lane and Clark Kent/aka Superman). I couldn't wait to load the film. Of course loading film back then wasn't as easy as today, it actually took a while on how to figure out how to spool up the roll into the camera.
Now loaded and ready, I quickly began to snap away at everything in sight. About 15 minutes later I was completely out of film. (Only 12 exposures per roll back then you know :-)). My parents were quick to give me a complete crash course on the economics of photography, film, developing, and how money doesn't grow on trees.
It didn't matter though, once I got the film back from developing I was hooked, from that day forward, I knew photography was going to be a part of my life forever! Photography was something magical, something meant to be shared and enjoyed!
Kodak Brownie Starmite
The Brownie Starmite was one of a very successful range of "star" cameras made by Kodak in the early 1960s. It took square, 4x4cm (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") images on 127 film. The only adjustment was a lever below the lens, giving EV 13 (flash) & 14 (daylight) by adjusting the aperture.
Type: Viewfinder camera
Year of launch: 1960
Film: type 127 roll film
Flash: built-in bulb flash AG1 Type
Dakon Fixed Focus f/11
Minimum Focus Distance: 4 feet on EV 14 / 5 feet on EV 13
Original Price: $12 USD