Largest Private Camera Collection

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by C Wright, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. C Wright

    C Wright Guest

    This is semi off topic, but probably of interest to anyone interested in
    photography. National Public Radio carried a news item about the world's
    largest private camera collection, owned by a self made millionaire by the
    name of Jack Naylor. His collection is for sale - for $20 million.
    The collection contains everything from many forms of spy cameras to an 8x10
    Deardorf that was used for many years to image Playboy's centerfolds.
    The collection also includes many early photographs of historical
    Here is a PDF that describes his collection:
    Naylor apparently lives in Massachusetts and exhibits his collection by
    appointment; has by chance anyone seen it?
    FYI - I have no connection with either Naylor or the sale of the collection.
    C Wright, Nov 19, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    Instead of selling it, Mr. Naylor should donate his collection to a
    museum. Smithsonian is one possibility, but there are others of
    course. that way the collection won't be broken up and won't
    disappear into private collections not available to the public.
    Father Kodak, Nov 20, 2005
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  3. Yep. That happened recently (a year or so ago) with a very extensive
    collection of antique clocks. After the collector died, a large chunk of
    the collection was on temporary display at the Chicago Museum of Science
    and Industry, but the museum/city was unable to raise the millions of
    dollars to buy the collection outright, so it was broken up and the
    individual pieces were sold at auction.

    Daniel Silevitch, Nov 20, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    That's all very nice...but perhaps he doesn't want his 20 million $ to
    "disappear" either...
    Mark², Nov 20, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    Yeah, but the guy can probably use the tax deduction, AND if he does
    the donation, he gets a museum wing named after him. Does more for
    his "legacy" than the money ever would.
    Father Kodak, Nov 20, 2005
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    Mark² Guest

    If his legacy is a son or daughter...I'd wager they vote for the cash over
    daddy's name on some building...
    But then...he can do whatever tickles his funny bone...
    ....The camera world will survive regardless.
    Mark², Nov 20, 2005
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    Charlie Self Guest

    Probably? We don't know if this is all he owns or not. It has only been
    a few days since a will from an old, apparently destitute guy, was
    released, leaving 3 million bucks to some place or other. He lived like
    he was broke, saved all that money, and gave it away after his death.
    Charlie Self, Nov 20, 2005
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    kashe Guest

    Where does the pompous idiot get off deciding what Mr. Naylor
    "should" do anyway? The collection is his to donate, sell or burn in
    place, without reference to the bleating of others. I'm sure he has no
    need of some pissant attempting to make the decision for him. Unless
    said pissant has already made a similar donation.

    If the pissant wants to get involved with what wealthy people
    "should" do, he'd be far better off going to work for those trying to
    reclaim the coastline of Califiornia from the bastards who've filled
    the tidal zone with illegal signs declaring it to be their own privae

    Right a real wrong, instead of making up your own silly
    kashe, Nov 21, 2005
  9. C Wright

    kashe Guest

    His decision -- not yours, mine or anyone else's.
    kashe, Nov 21, 2005
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    Father Kodak Guest

    One could argue that "pissants" like are trying to
    tell the (rich) people who own shoreline property what to do with said

    Mr. Kashe, whoever you are, you have earned yourself a spot on my
    PLONKEE list. GFY.

    Father Kodak, Nov 21, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    It almost sounds like the OP was suggesting that Mr. Naylor should donate or
    have the state confiscate his collection for a bizarre common good. It's
    just a really nice collection of cameras, the World will still revolve if
    the collection is sold off...
    Darrell, Nov 21, 2005
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    Jer Guest

    The Dept. of Homeland Security may decide they've been used for
    nefarious purposes, declare them to be a threat to national security,
    sieze and dispose of the entire lot in the nearest incinerator. I mean,
    why who would want a old camera made of wood? :)
    Jer, Nov 21, 2005
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    Interesting. Naylor has written many neat articles in Shutterbug
    about his camera collecting adventures. I knew he had a lot of cool
    cameras but I had no idea there was $20 million worth there.
    Paul Rubin, Nov 21, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    My 1967 MGB GT is for sale for one million two thousand seven hundred
    dollars. No offers yet, but it's on record, just in case I decide to
    donate it...

    Frank ess

    Forecasting is difficult.
    Particularly about the Future.
    -Deepak Gupta
    Frank ess, Nov 21, 2005
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    Darrell Guest

    Must be those 2 Leica M4-Ps
    Darrell, Nov 21, 2005
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    kashe Guest

    Yep, the nannies always have ideas about what's
    "inappropriate" for others.
    kashe, Nov 22, 2005
  17. C Wright

    kashe Guest

    Only the kind of terrorist using old technology to avoid
    having his movements tracked by a modern camera. The next new
    "feaures" should be embedded GPS and retinal scanners.
    kashe, Nov 22, 2005
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    kashe Guest

    I think you should donate it to me for free so I can display
    it "for the public good".

    And to save the children.
    kashe, Nov 22, 2005
  19. My first car was a '67 MGB...I wish I still had it so I could under-price

    Gene Palmiter
    (visit my photo gallery at
    freebridge design group
    These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
    A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed
    innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked
    imaginations, feet that are swift in running to
    mischief, false witnesses that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord
    among brethren.Proverbs 6:16-19 & Route 611 Magazine
    Gene Palmiter, Nov 22, 2005
  20. Only below low water? In BC, perhaps all of Canada, the beach is
    public up to the *high* water mark. I'm surprised that it's worse in

    Dave Martindale, Nov 22, 2005
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