box camera


: a box-shaped camera with a simple lens and rotary shutter

Examples of box camera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His parents gave him a Kodak Brownie No. 1 box camera, which inspired him to photograph the waterfalls and scenery of the park. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 9 May 2024 While box cameras are nothing new, the ILX-LR1 is a particularly specialized design with drone-first priorities. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 5 Sep. 2023 These include not only original parts and life-size replicas of the ship, but also recovered personal belongings like baby shoes and a box camera, as well as audio-visual testimonies from some of the 700-odd survivors. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 20 June 2023 The show’s curator, Kate Bailey, has evoked the era’s flurry of discovery and industry, its devotion to science and progress, with a carrousel of delightful oddities: an eighteen-fifties kaleidoscope, an unwieldy folding-box camera of the kind Dodgson used, the skeleton of a dodo. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 11 July 2021 The combination of a box camera and a small home darkroom leads to a lot more knowledge than a cellphone camera and editing software. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Since his earliest memories of picking up a Brownie box camera, Red Huber has always viewed the world through a lens of curiosity and intrigue, but also through a camera lens during decades of work as a photojournalist. Patrick Connolly,, 28 Sep. 2021 His mother, Norma, was an amateur photographer who camped out around the city with a box camera and a flash gun to snap pictures of celebrities. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Eager to try out daguerrotypy, a photography method that had been invented just two months prior, Cornelius set up a large box camera with a lens fashioned from a pair of opera glasses, according to the Library of Congress. Scottie Andrew and Brian Ries, CNN, 21 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of box camera was in 1890

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“Box camera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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box camera

: a camera of simple box shape with a simple lens and shutter
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