Thom Hindle and his Camera Collection

Uncommon examples and confessions of a collector.

Jim Cerny, story and photographs


Thom Hindle.
On March 3, Thom Hindle gave a presentation at the Seacoast Camera Club titled "First and Unique Cameras Tintype to Digital." The introduction was handled by Paul Hoade, the club president, with about 30 people in attendance, mostly club members.

Thom brought enough cameras and related collectibles to cover five tables, a display that emphasized cameras that were firsts or unique, but which included toys, wearable pins and buttons, and several slide rules! Thom has had a lifelong involvement with cameras, collecting in the "early days," long before eBay came along. In addition he has 100,000 glass negatives. Visit his Images of the Past Web site for more details.

Pictured below are several of the cameras Thom brought and discussed, followed by a list of camera highlights.


Prosch triple-action stero shutter. Very rare.



Polaroid Land camera.

Tom Thumb radio camera.



A teak camera made for the tropics.



Speed Graphic with flash. Note the Army green color.

Speed Graphic detail.



A few highlights:

In recent years Thom's collecting has expanded to items with a camera-related theme, including figurines and salt & pepper sets!

At the end Thom took questions. He managed to avoid answering the two most interesting ones: (1) What does your wife collect? and (2) What will happen to all your stuff some day?  Hard questions for any collector!



April, 2009


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