Photograph courtesy of Kodak Cameras-The first 100 years by Brian Coe ISBN 0 906447 44 5
Although the cost of cameras was falling, by mass production techniques, from around $25 American to around $5 American, even this latter sum represented over a weeks wages for an average worker at this time.
Eastman, who was anxious to bring photography within the reach of everyone, especially children, commissioned his camera maker and designer, Frank Brownell, to design and manufacture a box camera which would be as cheap as possible, while still being capable of taking successful photographs. The result was the Box Brownie made in 1900.
This camera was NOT called the Box Brownie because it was designed by Frank Brownell.

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