|What makes a camera historically important? The historical significance varies greatly. Typically, the importance is tied to being the first to introduce a new advancement or feature. However, even if the camera was not the first to invent or offer the feature, it may be historically important if it greatly influenced a movement or advancement due to the feature. Cameras can be historically important if they represent a time period like art deco. They can be important if they represent characteristics of a class like novelty or subminiture - spy cameras. Finally cameras can be historic by their provenance relating to the accomplishments of the photographer or because of the uniqueness of the imagery they photographed. Historical significance will be seen in value too, the more historical, the greater the value. I consider most all early cameras, manufactured before the turn of the century, historic in varying degrees, even if the maker is unidentified.
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