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Kodak Brownie 8mm – The Disneyland Home Movie Camera

This camera was hawked at Disneyland in the late 50s and 60s. TV ads showed the new theme park in California. This popular home movie camera first sold to the public in 1953. It’s often remembered from family gatherings throughout the mid-century. Many stars and filmmakers remember stealing their father’s [...]

2019-03-01T00:45:19+00:00February 11th, 2019|

Kodak Brownie Six-20

Every family seemed to have one of these - even the Kennedy’s. Pictured below is a young Ted Kennedy holding his first camera, a Six-20. Broadway and film actress Mary Martin was known to sneak up on people with the Six-20. It was a fun, versatile camera that was [...]

2019-03-01T00:46:29+00:00February 11th, 2019|

Kodak Hawkeye Flash

The Hawkeye was produced from 1949 to 1961 by The Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY. It eventually replaced the Brownie box camera but used the same 620 film format. The bakelite camera was iconic with its large bell flash unit. This flash popularized indoor shooting with the safety of the P25 blue-dot daylight-type [...]

2019-03-01T00:47:28+00:00February 11th, 2019|

Lori Kunzelman – It was love at first light

It was love at first sight. I felt my breath hitch and my heart skip a beat. My eyes were laser-focused on the object of my affection. White noise in my ears, my feet started moving without my brain telling them what to do. I walked tentatively over to the table and gently [...]

2019-03-07T16:06:00+00:00February 10th, 2019|

Liz Covey – Capturing the essence of our family history

We are new to the area, having retired recently from the military.  The military has brought us from coast to coast and overseas. At each location we were stationed, I found myself drawn to photography to document our lives in the moment and the world around us, which in part, helped mold us [...]

2019-03-07T16:06:22+00:00February 6th, 2019|

Dan Ramsey – Inspiring my home remodel

I stumbled upon Rosie Furniture & Lighting's pop-up grand opening by chance when cycling around   Westfield. Awestruck by their inventory of small still and movie camera lamps, I purchased a vintage art-deco Kodak Brownie Camera Lamp with Edison style hand spun bulb. Other inventory of interest had already sold out! Two additional lamps [...]

2019-03-07T16:06:41+00:00February 5th, 2019|

The Great 2018 Pop-up Store Experiment

We took the plunge on August 1st. Brick and mortar retail. We got the keys Tuesday. Opened Friday. It was insanity. Three days of craziness. Boom. A complete retail store open. POP! The Rosie Workshop born. On Main Street in the village of Westfield, NY 15 minutes from the Chautauqua Institution. [...]

2019-02-27T18:01:41+00:00December 26th, 2018|

Paul Marotta – Exakta was my very first 35mm camera

My brother-in-law surprised us this year with amazing cool Christmas presents...including this fabulous Exakta from Rosie....and the best part? He had no idea my first real camera from my dad 50 years ago was...an Exakta!!!! Same model in fact!!! Love it! Paul Marotta

2019-02-11T05:26:21+00:00December 25th, 2018|

We set out to create a stir. A buzz.

Stepping into Rosie’s is an experience that you talk about later with good friends. It’s not a quiet boutique you passively shop. First Impressions: Distinct music from a hundred feet away. You feel cool as you get to the door. Sidewalk displays. Bright colors. Balloons. Huge plate glass window becomes a stage for [...]

2019-02-21T04:57:23+00:00December 25th, 2018|

High Fidelity

The Maxwell Tape advertisement of a man sitting in a chair listening to music and it’s so loud his hair and tie are blown back. This introduced our high-end Bluetooth speaker. Blair was one of those audiophiles in the 1980’s and 1990’s and he was sorry he missed the [...]

2019-02-21T04:58:14+00:00December 24th, 2018|
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