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August 15, 2014

Emma and her Brownie

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

The Minnesota Historical Society loves photography and thus declares this week to be the “Unofficial History of Photography Week”. Each day we will post an image from a different photographic method.

Today we present this black and white print of Emma Ray and her Brownie box camera in 1917. Emma was a prolific St. Paul photographer at the turn of the century. Photography was forever changed with the invention of the Brownie camera in 1900. It was a low cost and easy to use format and popularized amateur photography and the candid “snapshot”.

To learn more about the Sadie and Emma Ray photography collection, please watch this podcast.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this photograph in our collections database.

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