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The man who owned 3,000 cameras

man who had 3,000 cameras

One of the largest camera collections in the world is hidden away in a village hall in a Fife coastal town – but hardly anybody knows it is there.

At least 3,000 cameras, including some dating back well over a century, belonged to the late Neville “Jim” Matthew.

He retired to the picturesque East Neuk village of St Monans after a career that took him around the world.

He took over the former Salvation Army hall to store his treasured collection. Inside the hall, row after row of cameras, accessories and memorabilia fill the shelves.

They include stereoscopic and 3D cameras as well as East European models, including many that were rare in the West.

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