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Ansco Cadet Reflex with flash, about 1960 | by national museum of american history
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Ansco Cadet Reflex with flash, about 1960

This popular Ansco amateur camera is from the GAF Corporation’s historic camera collection.


Handheld Cameras

In 1888, George Eastman opened the field of photography to casual enthusiasts with the introduction of the handheld Kodak camera.


Unlike earlier, more cumbersome cameras using glass-plate negatives, the Kodak came preloaded with a roll of flexible film and was returned to the manufacturer for developing and printing. Men, women, and children embraced the new technology and the opportunity it gave them to document their everyday lives.


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Do you have a favorite camera in your collection? Share a photo and tell us how you acquired it, how (and if) you've used it, and why you've kept it. Join the "Cameras Before Digital" group.


This camera is part of the "Cameras Before Digital" display at the National Museum of American History.


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Taken on July 30, 2008