My mom had one of these. If you were born before 1970, your mom probably had one of these too:
When I was a kid, it sat on the floor in my older brother’s room. I remember picking it up and making the button click. Then I’d mess with both buttons and it wouldn’t click and I couldn’t figure out why. Today, I know why. Ha! I don’t necessarily have the corner on the Brownie Hawkeye market, but I do have quite a few of them.
Made of Bakelite and metal, these cameras have a wonderful, boxy style that just begs to be messed with. I’ve dressed them up as Gala Edition Hawkeyes, making them ready to go out for the evening:
You’ve got to use 620 film (120, respooled onto a 620 spool – is what I use). 12, 6cm x 6cm images per roll. Here’s a link about how to respool 120 film onto a 620 spool.
Another thing all the kids are doing these days – flipping the lens! A flipped lens is a fairly easy modification to perform on a Hawkeye and it gives some nice distortion:
Check out Randy’s exceptionally cool Hawkeye Mod site: http://hawkeyemods.com/
My dog, Hawkeye, has his own Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera (of course). I put a graphic of him on my car and film freezer.
James Surprenant modified a few of these Brownie Hawkeyes to accept electronic flash. He sent me one:
In an effort to bring about world peace, I’m peppering the world with junk store cameras. I recently brought a Brownie Hawkeye Gala Edition camera (flipped lens) along on a trip to the UK and Iceland.
Fotografi in Reykjavik.