Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior

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The Six-20 Brownie Junior was made by Kodak from 1934 to 1942[1], as a model for 2¼×3¼" images on 620 film. It was apparently manufactured in the US, Canada, and England; and several variations exist[2].

Inexpensive cardboard bodies helped make Kodak's early Brownies a success. But while an entirely-cardboard Six-20 Brownie Junior is known, most improve on the way the camera was manufactured with increasing use of metal (in place of wood), while still remaining true to the Brownie principles of simple construction and operation.

The Art Deco version seen here was perhaps the most popular one. (Another Deco version is known which is not marked with the model name.) Others have plain black fronts, including a "Super" model.

Some Six-20 Brownie Juniors lack any aperture or focus adjustment; and simply have an Instant/Time switch for the shutter. But more advanced versions offer a pull-out control which move close-up lenses or a smaller diameter aperture stop into place. (Such a simple camera does not use an iris diaphragm.)


  1. As listed in "History of KODAK Cameras" (archived) from Kodak's website.
  2. The Brownie Camera Page identifies an Art Deco, a plain black, a "Super", and a Portrait version.