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History of Cameras Before the iPhone


  • The Grace Museum - History Gallery 102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)
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 Chicago View Camera, Montgomery Ward and Co., 1905, Gift of Mr. Don Hutchinson, Collection of The Grace Museum

Chicago View Camera, Montgomery Ward and Co., 1905, Gift of Mr. Don Hutchinson, Collection of The Grace Museum

We have captured the rapid changing world through the lens of a camera since the mid-nineteenth century. From early daguerreotypes to digital smartphones, photography has advanced just as quickly as the society that utilizes these cameras to capture history’s most significant events to everyday life. 

This exhibition includes various cameras, tools, and instruments to illustrate the evolution of cameras and photography throughout our history.


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This project is supported by a grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and the City of Abilene.

Earlier Event: April 28
Divine Order: Conan Chadbourne
Later Event: September 15
Magic & Logic: Robert Langham III