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On this website you can see videos of many rare and antique Kodak cameras from the mid 1880's up to the 1910's.

For a visual index of this website and help to identify your early Kodak camera visit the Identify your Kodak page.

New:

Vest Pocket Kodak Autographic Special, focussing model.

Numbers of Vest Pocket Kodak cameras manufactured until 1920.

"The Brownie Book"
This tiny and rare 1901 booklet shows some winning photos of the first Brownie Camera Club contest of 1900.

 

Vest Pocket Kodak Autographic Special

 

 

 

1905 ad of a girl using a Brownie camera. 

 

 

 

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A bit about me

 

In 1983 I bought my first antique camera, a metal bodied No. 2 Brownie. Soon after the first one others followed. Within a year I decided to focus on Kodak cameras from 1888 until 1934. After some years this was changed to 1888 - 1914 (or there about).

My collecting policy is to get one specimen of every Kodak model. As you can see on this website, this worked well. There are very few models I do not have, but it has taken me about 30 years so far and it will take me some more years to find the missing models.
My collection is not large at all, a little more than 100 cameras. A number of them are from the 1920's and 1930's, but their value is so low that it does not make any sense to try to sell them. So the core of my collection is even smaller than 100 cameras.

In addition to the cameras I collect original photographs that were made with the Kodaks and instruction booklets. 

My main interest concentrates on the interaction  of technique and photographer. What is the influence of the technique used in a camera design on the kind of photographer that uses it? And what was done to make cameras that appealed to a certain sort of users? Besides that I just like the pretty wood, the leather and brass. 

I hope you enjoy the cameras on this site as much as I do.

 

 
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