Friday, November 28, 2008

Vintage NO. 1A POCKET KODAK Folding Camera in Slipcase!

Vintage NO. 1A POCKET KODAK Folding Camera in Slipcase! - eBay (item 310104627436 end time Dec-03-08 20:27:08 PST)

This vintage folding camera is a black model No. 1A Pocket Kodak in a double slip case. The front is marked, "Kodak." When opened, pull a knob and the camera unfolds and slides forward for picture-taking. The shutter works quickly. The word Kodak on the door opens to brace the camera. A tiny engraved metal pointer tool fits neatly into two clips on the right of the camera.

The face is marked, "No. 1A Pocket Kodak, Made in U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y." Above the lens is a selector for settings marked, "T, B, 25 and 50." Below that is, "Kodex No. 1" and the Eastman Kodak monogram EKC.

The lens itself is marked, "Kodak Anastigmat F - 7.7 130 mm No. 615." Below the lens it says, "Shutter Made in Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Co." A selector below has the settings, "30037, f-7.7, 11, 16, 22, 32." A thumb screw on the right selects the distance according to a scale on the left of the sliders that measures in feet: 6, 8, 10, 15, 25, 100.

When I took the photos, I didn't know the word Kodak was a movable brace for the camera, so I braced it on the case. I've since learned that the engraved metal pointer tool fits in the two curved brackets on the right front of the camera. I used it to slide the latch to the side to open the camera for loading film. I opened the latch but wasn't able to open the camera for loading, afraid of breaking something.

The bellows look very good. There's wear on the left side of the bright and clear view window cube. The top carry handle is black leather embossed with the word, "Kodak." The black silk-covered double slipcase is in worn condition, the outer case torn and much taped.

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Malia, Arizona. said...

My family owns one of these No. 1A Pocket Kodaks, and a friend was able to actually find the instruction manual! It tells everything you'll need to know about these wonderful cameras, even though it is sometimes hard to understand. You can access it via the link below! :)

I suspect it to be from around the 1910-1918 era, because in the manual they have an example of writing shown and it says -/-/15, or -/-/16 (pg. 28).

Anyways! I hope you enjoy this. :)

Karen said...

Hi Malia,
Thanks for the information and the link! It's fun to look at the antique manual and the photographer model's old-fashioned clothes, isn't it? Thanks again.