The camera obscura in the comics

We do not expect to find references to a camera obscura in the Sunday comics. When we opened our paper on April 17, 2005 we were delighted to find that the first frame of the strip One Big Happy by Rick Detorie featured a camera obscura! The balance of the strip is Joe's take on the history of photography which we really found amusing. We noticed that the image the artist was drawing was rectangular and projected right-side-up on the wall rather than round and upside down. We sent an email to Rick Detorie and received a gracious reply giving us permission to post a corrected version on this site.

Altered version posted with permission from Rick Detorie. Thanks Rick!

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The Camera Obscura at War
Advertising flyer for a Camera Obscura
Trade Cards with Camera Obscuras
Lost UK Seaside Camera Obscuras
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Lost US Seaside Camera Obscura
Lost US Park Camera Obscuras
Melville Garden Camera Obscura
Other Lost US Camera Obscuras
Lost European Camera Obscuras
No, it's not a camera obscura

Portable and box camera obscuras from our collection.
Wooden Camera Obscuras
Metal Camera Obscuras
Camera Obscuras with the Lens at the Top
Cardboard Camera Obscuras
A French Artist's Camera with supplies
Vermeer's Camera, a 1934 teaching camera
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