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The Six-20 Brownie box camera was made by Kodak in the US and Kodak Ltd. in the UK between May 1933 & April 1941. The US and UK models were entirely different in both construction and art-deco facia. Both took eight 6x9cm images on 620 film.

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US Model Six-20 Brownie, photo by Pete Lutz: f/6.3 Studio

US Model Edit

The US model's lens feature two focusing zones, "5-10 feet", and "10 feet and beyond" selected by a spring-loaded lever below the lens, and an aperture selection slider. Introduced in March 1933, it was made until April 1941.

The Six-16 Brownie was almost identical to the US Six-20, but slightly larger, for 616 film. The KODAK Six-20 Brownie Junior is also similar, but with a different faceplate, and without the focusing lens.

UK Model Edit

There were two versions of the UK model; the earlier (1934-37) having an unusual strut connection linking the front to the back via a hinged pressure plate, and the later (1937-41) having a more conventional rear door with a sprung catch, and removable film carrier. The controls were arranged around the lens; a small B-I shutter selector (on the early model; moved to the side on later), and two levers giving a choice of three distances and three apertures - labelled "f11", "16" and "22 (B Only), see manual". The shutter release was on the side, equipped with a cable-release socket. The plated brass front has been described as "Kodak Girl" vertical stripes.

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