Cartoon Character Inspired Camera Name

By Anne McCollam

July 22, 2016 4 min read

Q: I am curious about the value of No. 2A Folding Autographic Brownie Camera that is seen in this photo. I have the original box and instruction booklet that is dated 1924. On the front of the manual are the words "Rapid Rectilinear Lens — Eastman Kodak Company." All are in excellent condition.

A: Eastman Kodak Company's Folding Autographic Brownie Camera was made in Rochester, New York. It was introduced in 1915 and discontinued in 1926. The No. 2A model had ball bearing shutter and used number 116 film. The photos were 2 1/4 inches by 3 1/4 inches. There was a smaller size that used number 120 film. Originally, the camera sold for around $13 and the case for $1.25. The name, Brownie, was inspired by a popular cartoon character.

Today a camera collector might pay $20 to $30 for one like yours.

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the bottom of a stein that has been in my family for several generations. According to family history, it was given to my great-grandfather in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The stein is decorated on one side with figures in relief edged in blue against a gray colored background. On the other side are scrolls with flowers and fruit. It stands about 6 inches tall and has a pewter lid.

I plan to give it my son and would like to know more about its history and value.

A: The mark you provided was used by Marzi and Remy Pottery Company in Hohr, Grenzhausen, Germany. It was founded in 1880 by Anton Marzi and his brother-in-law, Simon Peter Remy. The next year they added a pewter factory to produce lids. In the beginning, Marzi and Remy Pottery's steins were salt-glazed stoneware and in 1883 they added ivory stoneware. Since the mark includes the country of origin, Germany, it was made after 1891. The pottery was sold to S. P Gerz in 1994.

Your circa-1900 stein would probably be worth $75 to $125.

Q: I have an antique Victorian cradle that has been in our family for generations. It is solid walnut and is in mint condition. It has a label with the words "Jun. 28, 1870 Patent — F. Mohr & Co. — 48 Elizabeth St. — New York."

What can you tell me about it value?

A: F. Mohr and Company made parlor and bedroom furniture in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The design of your cradle was patented on June 28, 1870.

Similar cradles can be seen online in the range of $1,200 to $1,500.

 Eastman Kodak Company introduced A- 2 Folding Autographic Camera in 1915.
Eastman Kodak Company introduced A- 2 Folding Autographic Camera in 1915.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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