Vincent Joseph Dunker

Started Feb 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
RodgerLCarter
Regular MemberPosts: 495
Like?
Vincent Joseph Dunker
Feb 12, 2012

For those of you interested in American photography pioneers, a previously unknown photographer and manufacturer of cameras, Vincent Joseph Dunker, has been added to the 1950s page (scroll about halfway down the page) of my web site, DigiCamHistory.Com (dchis.com). Vincent Dunker began mass producing cameras for school photography and IDs in 1924. He sold thousands of such cameras between 1924 and 1961, including many to the U.S. Army during WWII for ID purposes. He is the first known mass producer of such cameras and can fairly be called the father of high school photography which is now common nationwide. You may have had your high school photo taken by one of his cameras (VE-JA-DE Products) or by one re-badged as Bremson Lustre-pak. Vincent also made at least three different enlargers and a contact printers designed for mass production. Both Dunker and Bremson cameras are occasionally seen on eBay. A short biography of Vincent Dunker is now on wikipedia and a more extensive biography with photos of 18 of his cameras can be seen at dchis.com. The dchis.com biography also includes a very touching "Memories of Papo" by his grandson, Leo Pruneau. Leo Pruneau is a famous automobile designer and was the chief designer for Holden automobiles of Australia (a GM subsidiary) for many years. Work is now being done to place his cameras into the next edition of McKeown's Guide to Classic and Antique Cameras.

Rodger Carter
DigiCamHistory.Com

ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Flat view
ForumParentFirstPreviousNextNext unread
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark post MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow