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Where did the BROWNIE name originate from ? Is it from the little elves, called BROWNIE's in scottish folklore ? Thanks.

-- Shirley Pearson (, April 24, 1999


Brownie Name

Hi Shirley,

The name "Brownie" came from the little characters that where popular in the 1890's created by Palmer Cox who was a Canadian author. George Eastman used them as his camera's name and in advertising to target these cameras towards children, whom he saw as the next generation of consumers of Kodak film.

Take Care,


-- Chuck (, April 27, 1999.

Brownie Origins

Shirley, If you want to see a piture of one of the many Brownie books that Palmer Cox published go to and click on "Images of Cameras and other Photographica"

-- Bill Riley (, May 01, 1999.

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