My love of taking pictures began the first time I ever laid my hands on a camera. It was this camera right here. The Brownie Hawkeye Flash.
This bakelite beauty had been a Christmas to my grandmother from her 5 little boys back in the ’50s. They earned the money to pay for it by collecting beer bottles. I often wonder how many beer bottles it took to raise that kind of cash. I just figured out that it would have taken 17,025 beer bottles to pay for the camera I used to take this photo. I included the cost of a memory card in that calculation. This mid-century Kodak is mine now. Would you believe I even have film for it?