A National Geographic Find

Happy Christmas.

Happy Christmas all. I hope you woke up to a bevy of incredible camera gear. If not, don’t worry as the sales are here. I am going to be looking at the Olympus Pen F and the Oly 17mm 1.8 lens. Time to flex the credit card.

I have spent this Christmas in the Pelorus Sounds, in the far North of New Zealand’s South Island. My Street Photography has been non-existent as there are no roads there at all. The holiday was a good time to reflect on my goals for next year, more on that later. While thinking of the future, an opportunity arose to look at the past. My father-in-law had purchased a bundle of old National Geographic magazines, with issues going back to the 1950’s. I could not resist recording adverts for older cameras. How far the gear we use has come, although the latest and greatest camera equipment still does the same thing.

Historic Camera Adverts.

Just for fun, here are some of my favourite adverts. I would love to have the chance to try these out on the Streets (and I may have the opportunity with one of them!).


April 1958


January 1977


May 1976

Cigarettes used to sell Cameras. I’m glad that has stopped!


Nov 1968


Sept 1952

I ended up taking photos of all the camera adverts. If you have a particular film camera you know and love, I may have a snapshot of the original marketing material. If you would like a copy please get in touch. In the meantime I have found that my father in law still has his Kodak Brownie, as seen above. Hopefully, I will get to have a look at it the camera and maybe run a roll of film off. I am currently in Blenheim, a quiet town in New Zealand. Street Photography opportunities will be of a minimal nature, a skill always worth practicing. Thanks to Ross Paton for providing the historic National Geographic magazines.

On a final note, last night I heard Disney has purchased National Geographic. Maybe this will be the end of the iconic magazine, or will it be re-born? As always, I would love to hear your opinion.

Take care and keep clicking,


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