My Newest Hand-me-down

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  1. sh0rtofdaybr3ak

    sh0rtofdaybr3ak TPF Noob!

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    Anyone know anything about these?

    Rainbow Hawk-Eye
    No. 2 Model C

    Uses Kodak 120.

    Its pretty neat, I Believe it's from around the 1940's.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think it makes a 6x9 neg on 120 film. Did you "Google" it?

    Ya know, you HAVE to run a roll through it.

    Have fun!
     
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    i know i really want to run a roll through it, i havent googled it yet, i figured i show everyone here my new toy! (old, new toy haha) its late here, ill do it tomorrow!
     
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    I have one too got it for $5.00 out the paper. I have not used it yet I just thought it looked cool. Let me know if you get your working.

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    Those old boxes are cool. I still need one of those.
     
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    Rainbow Hawk-Eye No.2 cameras were made between 1928 and 1933. Good looking box cameras. Enjoy it...
     
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    :confused: Mine has the date “FEB. 1, 1916” stamp on the inside as show below. On the top handle the text reads (on top line) “RAINBOW HAWK-EYE” (on bottom line) “No. 2 MODEL B”. It’s red in color.

     
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    My Mother used to use one of those or at least one that looked that that. It was a Kodak. I remember a little red window in the back would tell what picture you were on. If my memory serves me, those rolls had 12 exposures. You would stand with the camera at your waste looking down into a tiny window and snap the photo. Somehow, most photos came out. A far cry from today's rigs...
     
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    Jeff,

    There is general confusion when it comes to Hawk Eye cameras. I'll try to explain:

    Hawk Eye line originated with the Blair Camera Co., was continued by Kodak after absorbing them. Here are all, well, most of the Hawk Eye cameras:

    Cartridge Hawk Eye No.2 (1924-1934) for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4; No.3 (1924-1934) for 2 1/4 x 4 1/4.

    Film Pack Hawk Eye No.2 (1922-1925) box camera for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4; No.2A (1923-1925) box camera for 2 1/2 x 4 1/4. All for film packs.

    Folding Hawk Eye No.1A (1908-1915) red bellows, various shutters for 2 1/4 x 4 1/4; No.3 (1904-1915) models 1-9, for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 on 122 film; No.3A (1908-1915) models 1-4, for 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 on 122 film; Six-16 and Six-20 (1933-1934).

    Folding Hawk Eye Special No.2 (1928-1933); No.2A (1928-1930); No.3 (1929-1934).

    Folding Cartridge Hawk Eye No.2 (1926-1933) for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 on 120; No.2A (1926-1934) for 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 on 116 film; No.3A (1926-1935) for 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 on 122 film.

    Folding Film Pack Hawk Eye No.2 (1923) for 2 /14 x 3 1/4 on film packs.

    Rainbow Hawk Eye were box cameras similar to Cartridge Hawk Eye but in colors blue, green, maroon and vermillion; No.2 (1929-1933) for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4; No.2A (1931-1932) for 2 1/2 x 4 1/4.

    Folding Rainbow Hawk Eye were folding cameras similar to Folding Hawk Eye but in colors black, blue, brown, green and old rose; No.2 (1930-1934) for 2 1/4 x 3 1/4; No.2A (1930-1933) for 2 1/2 x 4 1/4.

    Folding Rainbow Hawk Eye Special also available in colors black, blue, brown, green and maroon; No.2 and 2A (1930-1933)

    Hawk Eye Special is a 'de luxe' box camera with embossed morocco-like grain imitation leather; No.2 (1928-1933); No.2A (1928-1930).

    The fact that your camera has a 1916 date on it does not necessarily mean it was made at that time. They usually had the patent date imprinted on these cameras and not the year of manufacture. So, to sum it up, the Folding Hawk Eye cameras were patented between 1904 and 1915 (possibly later) and they were produced later in color variations with the name 'Rainbow' attached to their title.

    I hope this makes sense... :D
     
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    Older than I thought, this thing is in pretty nice condition if you can tell... I cant find a date on it anywhere, and yeah there is a little red window on the back.
     
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    I have a brownie that looks very similar. I dated it back to 1916, do a google search, I know they have manuals kicking around the web somewhere.
     
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    To find a date of its patent (not of its manufacture) you just need to open the camera and look inside, everywhere. It's usually stamped in.
     

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