Kodak 3A Folding Pocket camera with special lens and shutter option. More details on my Kodak page.
From the autobiography of photographer Arnold Genthe, who made the most famous photographs of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire...."I found that my hand cameras had been so damaged by the falling plaster as to be rendered useless. I went to Montgomery Street to the shop of George Kahn, my dealer, and asked him to lend me a camera. "Take anything you want. This place is going to burn up anyway." I selected the best small camera, a 3A Kodak Special. I stuffed my pockets with films and started out."
The 3A used 122 roll film that produced postcard size negatives 3.25x5.5 in. (Genthe's Negatives)
This is my 1909 Kodak 3A Folding Pocket Model B-4 camera with special option Bausch & Lomb Zeiss Tessar series IIb lens and Compound shutter. This camera is most likely the same type that Genthe used for his earthquake photos. I have researched the early Kodak catalogs and the B&L Zeiss Tessar lens was a special option in 1906 with Volute shutter (the Compound shutter was introduced in 1909). The 3A camera was produced from 1903-1915. In 1910 Kodak introduced the name "3A Special" with the Zeiss lens and Compound shutter but before that time it was a 3A with "special" options. My particular camera has labels from the Earl V. Lewis camera shop in Los Angeles on the top and inside the film compartment. Earl V. Lewis was a well known enlarger and printer in the early 20th century. The shop was in business from 1906-1986.
Wooden box camera (1895-1913). 101 Roll Film. 3 1/2 x 3 1/2" square images. Shutter Instant and Time, 3 stop aperture. Beautiful polished wood interior with wooden spools. First produced by the Boston Camera Mfg. Co. in 1892. It continued in production after Boston was bought out by Eastman Kodak in 1895. The Bulls-Eye was the first camera to have a viewing window to read film number printed on the backing paper. It was one of a group of cameras that Kodak called Bicycle Cameras because it could be carried on a bicycle with a special case. It's in great condition for a hundred year old camera.
One of the first, American made, 35mm cameras. It took half-frame 35mm stills on movie stock film Great piece of photographic history. Full details and photos here.
Kodak No. 1A Autographic Jr. folding bellows camera. 116 roll film; image size 2 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. Bausch & Lomb lens; Kodak ball bearing shutter. These cameras were produced from 1914-1922. This one that I have is from 1917. More info and pics on this page.
Conley Kewpie No.2 wooden box camera (1915-1922). 120 Film. Rotating front disc with four apertures f/14, f/16, f/22, f/32. Shutter: Time and Instant. Has a unique side loading film cone as opposed to most box cameras that load from the front or back. Conley Camera Company, Rochester, Minnesota (Marketed by Sears, Roebuck & Co.).
Just bought this lens in excellent condition for cheap ($30) to replace one I had sold years ago. Early sixties Nikkor 43-86mm zoom lens (Nippon Kogaku) on Nikon F with HN-3 lens shade. One of Nikon's first zooms, it is beautifully made and despite it's notoriety as being "soft" it is considered a Nikon classic. This lens (modified with the focus locked at infinity) was used on the KS-80A motorized Nikon F for the U.S. Navy in the sixties assigned to pilots in Viet Nam.
Won this vintage Kodak Brownie Flash Six-20 on eBay last week for $9.99!. These were made from 1946-1955. It came complete with the original flash holder all in excellent condition. Here it's shown with and without flash (Wabash Press 40 flashbulb). When I opened the battery cylinders out popped two vintage Eveready batteries....c. 1960's. Amazed that they hadn't leaked or even corroded in 40+ years! Back when quality products were made in the USA and guaranteed not to leak.
A little fun with Photoshop. Hard to believe Kodachrome is gone forever. I'm old enough to have slides that go back to 1970 so I scanned one to go with a shot of my '68 Nikon F. These were Kodak's mount style from '65-'72.
Charles Bronson TV series that aired from 1958-1960. I remember watching it then....just got it on DVD. He played Mike Kovac, former WWII combat photographer now free-lancing in New York City. He's usually shown with a Speed Graphic or a Leica....the shot on the box shows him with a Kodak Duaflex IV (hardly a camera for a pro). Good actor and good show.
© Joseph Greco