"A brownie, brounie/Urisk (Lowland Scots) or ùruisg/brùnaidh (Scottish Gaelic) is a legendary kind of elf popular in folklore around Scotland and England (especially the north). He is the British counterpart of the Scandinavian tomte, the Russian domovoi or the German Heinzelmännchen. Customarily they are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, brownies do not like to be seen and will only work at night, perhaps in exchange for small gifts or food."
The Brownies is also the name of "series of humorous verse cartoons about the mischievous but kind-hearted Brownies. The cartoons were published in several books, such as The Brownies, Their Book (1887). Due to the popularity of Cox's [Palmer Cox(1840-1924)] Brownies, one of the first popular handheld cameras was named after them, the Eastman Kodak Brownie camera."
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Brownies in Wikipedia
Palmer Cox in Wikipedia
The Merry Band of Brownies (pictures)
Brownies collections (Cameras, books and dolls)
Article with pictures of Brownies items
Read "The Brownies canoeing"
Read "The Brownies: Their School"