No 3A Autographic Kodak Camera.
Eastman Kodak Co
1909 - 1915
Metal, Leather, Glass
120 x 245 x 50 mm
Place of origin
Fox Talbot Museum, Wiltshire (Accredited Museum)
No 3A Autographic Kodak Camera. 31/4" X 51/2" (postcard size) on A122 film. The whole is a metal construction with red leather body work. It is a conventional folding bed camera. In use the front of the camera opens and the lens moves forward down the folding beds rails with leather bellows. There is a tripod socket built into the flap and a fold down leg which is marked “Kodak” on one side and stamped “157132A” on the other. There is a prismatic viewfinder the top of which is stamped “Kodak” and which hinges left for use in landscape format, on the left top of the standard. Below is the lens which has only three controls, on the top, a lever which moves between T, B, 25, 50 and 100. This control is on top of a plaque marked with an EKC logo and under reads “ball bearing patents pending” The ball bearing shutter release slightly to the right. Below the lens a lever selects the aperture, the dial shows4 – 128. Around the lens is stamped “Rapid Rectilinear. Bausch & Lomb Optical Co”. The final control is for focusing by distance and is situated on the folding bed. It is marked from 6 – 100 feet and 2 – 30 metres and is indicated by a pointer extending from the standard. Beneath the standard is a plaque which reads “Eastman Kodak Company Rochester N.Y.. U.S.A.”. The film back is removed to expose the film compartment. There are two spring clips holding the back in place. One has broken off and so the back cannot be opened at this time. The film winder is a simple turn buckle arrangement at the top of the body and there is a hand strap attached to either side of the camera at this point. The back of the film compartment has a red porthole through which to see the frame numbers on the film.
Makers and roles
Eastman Kodak Co , manufacturer