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Dave Spencer Discovers Forgotten Family Heirloom: A 1916 No. 2A Brownie Camera [VIDEO]

I try to come up with ideas for Throwback Thursday blogs but am rarely successful. Instead, they usually just drop into my lap. Like this one.

For some reason one of my great-uncle Austin’s antique cameras–a No. 2A Brownie–appeared under my mom’s piano and I noticed it during a recent visit. I hadn’t seen any of his old camera equipment since he passed away and thought we’d donated all of it.

But no.

From the 1940s through the early 1970s, Uncle Austin and Aunt Flossie lived in the Washington DC area. She was a school teacher then principal and he was a photographer for the U.S. Government.

This picture he took of the Washington Monument hangs in my office:

Austin Rigsby/Dave Spencer

Now I don’t know if he used the Brownie to take the photo. It was pretty old camera, even then.

So, since my last three Throwback Thursday blogs have been happy accidents, I can’t wait to see what happens next week.

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