Brownie Fiesta Camera
Type: Solid body eyelevel rollfilm
Introduced: March 1962
Discontinued: June 1966
Film size: 127
Picture size: 1 5/8 X 1 5/8"
Manufactured: US, Spain
Lens: Meniscus f/11
Shutter: Single Speed 1/40 Second
Numbers made: ?
Original price: $5.95
The Brownie Fiesta has a moulded plastic body with clear plastic
front over lens plate. This simple camera has an optical direct
1962-Oct 1965: The Brownie Fiesta was available in the familiar two-tone grey and silver model.
May 1965-June 1966: A two-tone dark and
light blue replaced the original model.
Mar 1966-Mar 1970: The Brownie Fiesta R4 was modified and improved with the addition of a flashcube socket for convenience, replacing the 2-pronged single flashbulb attachment. It has a grey front with a silver lens plate.
For addition Fiesta models with color and name changes, see below.
There are models that were made with other color schemes that are not in any official information from Eastman Kodak or The Eastman House Museum, that I can find.
The first image above, top left, is of the Brownie Fiesta that I sent away for in 1963, when I was 9 years old. The camera was free as a promotion put on by Campbell Soup. I think I had to send in 15 soup labels and it seemed to take forever for my camera to come. My brother sent away for a free pup-tent at the same time...we ate alot of soup!
You Can Help:
The Brownie Fiesta is one of those Brownies with different models, made and/or sold in different contries with slight name changes, and incomplete information available. This is what makes the Brownie Camera Page users, and other websites like this, so valuable in researching and preserving photographic history that is so easily lost! Just in the last day of working on this page(July 2012), I have uncovered 2 more model variations that I cannot find any information about except for a photograph of the camera.
If you have any camera images of, and/or information about, Fiesta models not listed here, please let me know if you're interested in helping this history project.
Exact Copies Or Slight Model Changes With Different Names:
Brownie Fiesta Camara
Brownie Fiesta 3 Camara or Camara Brownie Fiesta 3
Brownie Fiesta R4