Roll 14_ Kodak Brownie Bull’s Eye

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Brownie Bulls Eye

The Steakburger in Vancouver, Washington, first opened in the early 60’s about the time Kodak quit making the Bulls Eye Camera. I decided it was time to pair these two  before the wrecking ball takes away the iconic family restaurant. Sadly, Fred Meyers has purchased the property and plans to build……..a gas station. Oh goodie. I believe the burger place closes its doors sometime in May. If you are in the area go get yourself one more burger and maybe even play a round of miniature golf out back. I used the Kodak Bullseye camera because I felt an oldie would be a fitting tribute.

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The Bullseye uses 620 film which I can purchase at Blue Moon Camera in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland. I had planned to use b&w film so I could develop at home, but then thought the sign would be better in color. The Bullseye camera was introduced in 1954 and abandoned in 1960. It is a box made of Bakelite with an eye level viewer. It was designed by Arthur Crapsey(I know, change your name), who went to work for Kodak after WWII when he was invalided because of an accident while flying with the Air Corps. He lost his right leg. At Kodak he went on to design the Brownie Star Series and the Instamatic M6 and later became the manager of the design team. The negatives are 2 1/4 by 3 1/4. I used Kodak 400 speed film, 120 respooled on to a 620 spool, and I scanned them on an Epson V700.

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OPEN but not for long

OPEN but not for long

8 thoughts on “Roll 14_ Kodak Brownie Bull’s Eye

  1. Places such as this should be preserved – even if re-purposed from their original use. Is there no protection available? No campaign groups seeking to preserve our recent heritage?

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    • I agree. It is sad to see this place go. I’m still upset about drive-in movies going. However, we do have one of those left in Newberg, Oregon.
      We seem to be a country that is quick to demolish for the good ol’ dollar.

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  2. Thank you for the history and wonderful photos. I see cameras like this frequently used as shop decorations and I want to make off with them and give them a better life.

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    • I feel the same way. I even ask if I can buy them, but the answer is always ‘no’. Good thing for Ebay. So many of these old cameras are pretty cheap and they still make decent photos.

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