Brownie 127, Second Model
Type: Solid body eyelevel rollfilm
Introduced: April 1959
Film size: 127
Picture size: 1 5/8 X 2 1/2"
Lens: Dakon f/11 plastic
Shutter: Rotary single speed
Numbers made: Millions
Original price: ?
The Brownie 127, second model has a moulded plastic body with vertical
ribbing, a smooth top, and an optical direct
vision finder. It has a horizontally striped
lens faceplate along with the name "Brownie" in quotation marks.
1959: An "albino" version with a white/cream
body and a grey top was produced for
field testing. About 5,000 cameras were produced and sold
in the UK Channel Islands. No more were
made because of how dirty-looking the light body would become after handling.
When figuring out what model you have, especially for cameras like the Brownie 127 that were manufactured using the same name, look for little differences. In this case, how the name of the camera and the graphic on the face-plate look quickly identifies the black one as a Brownie 127, second model. The albino version can only be a Brownie 127, second model from 1959.
There are also two other "Brownie 127" cameras. One is the first Brownie 127 manufactured from 1952-1959. The other is the later Brownie 127, Third Model manufactured from 1965-1967.