Brownie 127

A classic design but by whom?

Brownie 127
Case number - AIBDC : 001410
A Kodak Brownie 127, first introduced in 1952 and sold with minor changes until 1963.
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DesignerUnknown - Wanted
ManufacturerKodak
CountryUK
Date1956 (circa)
Materialsplastic, PS, polystyrene, UF, urea formaldehyde
Methodsinjection moulded, compression moulded
Coloursblack, cream
Inscription"Kodak Brownie 127 Camera. Made in England by Kodak Limited. London"
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30/05/14

Brownie 127 AIBDC : 001410 This object is part of a trial to see if giving specific guidance on research methods makes the game a more successful means of obtaining information about the objects featured. A classic design and there are are lots of websites that concentrate on cameras of earlier eras. Can you find out who designed this one? Or perhaps you owned one. We would love to hear about the pictures you took. Follow the trail here: http://10most.org.uk/artefact/brownie-127.

30/05/14

Most likely eminent US industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague consultancy ,1953 onwards . material phenolic.

30/05/14

The Brownie 127 was one of the most popular ‘point and shoot’ cameras ever made. I actually owned one! Millions of the various models were sold between 1952 and 1967. If you Google “brownie 127’ there is an excellent description and a video in ‘Brownie 127 – The Brownie Camera Page’. Unfortunately I could find nothing about design – but the hunt continues!

31/05/14

Thank you David and James. I understand that the Brownie 127 was a British rather than US camera. Would an American have designed for a British product?

31/05/14

having researched WDT who designed several Eastman Kodak cameras. no reference to the brownie 127. The search go's on !. Many American studio's designed for British companies …. Raymond Loewy. Carl Otto …. Walter Dorwin Teague… also Hans Gugelot ( German ) designed the Kodak Carousel in 1961

01/06/14

That's very helpful,. Thank you David. I can see why you suggest Teague. Do you have any reason though other than what it looks like?

01/06/14

Walter Dorwin Teague designed the Beau Brownie camera which was in production from 1930 to 1933. See - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownie_(camera)

04/06/14

I have emailed Todd Gustavson Curator Kodak . New York. in finding who designed the 127. We know it was made in Harrow UK & exported to the USA in 1953 .

04/06/14

The styling has to my eye an American feel to it .

08/06/14

Thank you Ian for that useful fact and I agree with you David. Thank you so much for contacting the Kodak Curator. That should yield very useful info.

19/06/14

So nearly there but nothing concrete. No news yet from the Kodak curator, David?

25/06/14

David Harman Powell posted on my timeline: Susan . Im having no luck on tracking the 127 designer . It has a definite US style about it , and no news back from Eastman Kodak. but its out there somewhere……….David

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Brownie 127: Case AIBDC : 001410

This object is part of a trial to see if giving specific guidance on research methods makes the game a more successful means of obtaining information about the objects featured.

A classic design and there are are lots of websites that concentrate on cameras of earlier eras. Can you find out who designed this one? Or perhaps you owned one. We would love to hear about the pictures you took.