Polaroid 900 Electric Eye Land camera, 1960-1963. I always thought “Land camera” referred to the use of these cameras on land, rather than underwater(!). Of course, they are named after Edwin Land, the inventor, who began marketing these cameras in 1948. The film was expensive but it was fun to take a picture and then watch it develop immediately right before your eyes; this camera used Type 47 roll film and gave 3.25 x 4.25 in prints, 8 per roll. The film is no longer made, but you can sometimes buy expired film rolls on eBay and elsewhere. This camera has an electric eye for automatic exposure control; you set the focus by adjusting the lens carriage forward or back based on the distance to the subject; again, you had to be a good judge of distances to get the focus exact. There are adjustments for the conditions (indoor, outdoor, bright or dark) and for different film settings; there is a fill-in flash and an additional small flashbulb flash attachment. This camera is big (10 inches long by 6 inches high without the flash, and 8.5 inches deep when open) and rather heavy; it comes with a well-worn leather carrying case. Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001, a victim of digital cameras, followed by Kodak in 2012. If you were a kid in the 1960’s your parents probably had a Polaroid camera like this, and Polaroid had many successful models through the 1970’s.
Kodak Six-20 Brownie and Brownie Target Six-20. There were dozens of Brownies models made from 1900 to the late 1960’s; you can find a website devoted to Brownie cameras here. The Six-20 Brownie was made from 1933-1941, and the Target was made from 1941-1952. Together these two simple box cameras span almost 20 years of photography, largely targeted at kids. Both were inexpensive and easy to use, with fixed focus point-and-shoot from the waist. There is a pull-tab at the top of the camera for scenic photos and a pull-tab on the right for timed exposures (very low light). You really couldn’t go wrong for standard photos of people as long as they were at least 8 feet away, the minimal focal length. You could shoot vertical or horizontal shots with the upper and side viewfinders – how convenient! To open and load film you pull the film winder knob out and lift up on the small knob on top while pulling forward on the front of the camera. Both cameras used 620 film and can be adapted to 120 film that is still available. Both are working, although the mirror in the top viewfinder on the Six-20 Brownie has fallen forward against the lens, blocking that viewfinder. This camera also has an additional lens (“Diway” lens) for distance shots, which you can slide out of the way for close-ups (5-10 feet). The permanently mounted lens is missing, but it is not noticeable here. Both cameras have interesting art deco patterns on the front and are 3 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches deep. User manuals for each camera can be viewed/downloaded here and here. $75-$100.
Kodak “Brownie Starflash”, 1957-1965. This is the first Kodak camera with a built-in flash unit. It is a plastic case with metal trim, 5 inches high and 3.5 inches wide. It used 127 film and there is a toggle on the bottom for color or black-and-white film; the film is still available. The case is in nice shape with some wear to the silver trim around the flash. Shutter works. The box is a bit beat up, but as it says, “Where there’s fun there’s a snapshot”! $10-$20.