James's Camera Collection: Kodak Brownie Holiday Flash

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Kodak Brownie Holiday Flash
Film type: Roll film size 127
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1954 - 1962
Approx. original price: $10.00
Approx. street value: $10.00 (w/flash)

Another one of those "who doesn't have this camera?" They must have sold big because I see these in every thrift shop I visit. And they always want a mint for it, too.

Made out of bakelite, which wears like iron if you don't drop it. A lot of them are still shiny and bright and very pretty to look at. Unfortunately they take 127 roll film, aka "Baby Rolleiflex" film, which is long, long gone. It's smaller than 120 so you can buy it from specialist companies that purchase roll film in bulk and cut it down and respool it.

A shame the film isn't easily available, this would be great for the "toy camera" movement. I'd pit this little gremlin against a Holga or Diana any day.

That said, I don't like it at all. It's hard to see here but the camera back is held on by metal clips on each side that slide up and down. Those clips are made of aluminum or tin or some other kind of soft metal; they're thin and they have the strength of wet tissue paper. The problem is they get loose and flop around if you even look at them directly, and then the back pops off, which ruins the film. It's a ridiculous way of doing things.

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