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No. 3 Kodak  (1889)

This is a big box camera, being 11.5 inch (29 cm) long, that took pictures of 3.25 x 4.25 inch (8,3 x 10,8 cm). In the video you can see such a photo. Compared with the bulk of the camera it is rather a small picture.

The No. 3 Kodak belongs to the first generation of Kodaks.

  • It was introduced in December 1889 and discontinued in 1897.
  • With a price of $ 40 it was no poor man's camera. It was aimed at the more wealthy amateur, who didn't want to bother with technics, but just liked to take snaps.
  • The camera has the most necessary settings only:
    • a pull string to cock the shutter
    • a wheel (on top) to set the distance
    • a button to fire the shutter
    • a key to wind the film
    • it's also possible to change the stops and to set the shutter for time exposures, but for ordinary snaps there was no need to do so.

4050 No. 3 Kodak cameras were made.

"The new wagon", July 4, 1891, Barnards Express. Photo taken with a No. 3 Kodak.