If You Like Old Cameras, You’ll Love This Online Treasure Trove of Classic Gear

The website MessyNessy Chic has done an excellent job of choosing some of the best vintage cameras from a sprawling, online treasure trove of classic photo gear called Collection Appareils.

Created by a French photo aficionado named Sylvain Halgand, Collection Appareils includes images and info on thousands of different cameras from around the world, with some models dating back to photography’s inception. You could spend days going through the site, checking out these vintage snaphshooters, many of which have been long forgotten.

We’ve picked a few of our favorite cameras from MessyNessy’s culling and translation of Collection Appareils' product archive, much of which is in French, and posted them below.

Speaking of classic photography collections, you should also check out this vintage online vault, which is one of the most extensive and interactive collection of photos of America in the Depression-Era 1930s. You’ll also want to set aside a lot of browsing time for that site too; it's fairly addictive.

(Via MessyNessy Chic)

Sem Semflex Joie de vivre 3,5 (Type 51), made in France from 1956-1960

Canon 7, made in Japan, 1961

Weekend Bob, made in France, 1955

Kunik Mickey Mouse, made in Germany, 1958