KODAK VEST POCKET AUTOGRAPHIC CAMERA

$150.00

  • 100 years old ultra-compact strut-folding camera
  • First cameras to use autographic no.127 film
  • Inscriptions place this model to have been manufactured between 1914-1916
  • Rapid Rectilinear lens
  • Excellent condition

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Popularly known as “The Soldier’s Camera”, the best-selling strut-folding Vest Pocket cameras were manufactured by Eastman Kodak between 1912-1916. Our particular antique is at least a 100 years old and it will change the way you think of vintage cameras: measuring in at a sleek 12 cm x 6.2 cm, this camera was small enough to fit in a soldier’s vest pocket–and not much bigger than many modern digital cameras of our own era.

There is also a story attached to this model: the Vest Pocket Kodak was the last camera loaned to George Mallory and Andrew Irvine by a fellow climber, before they were lost on Mount Everest in 1924. If their bodies are found, this humble little camera may finally solve the mystery of their demise and change the history books.

This particular antique black-painted camera has a two-way movable viewfinder and black leather bellows. It features a US Speed 8 Rapid Rectilinear lens with dial-set adjustable shutter. On the back are inscriptions listing patents and a lid that can be lifted to write on the no.127 autographic film that these cameras were the first to use.

This camera is in nearly museum-quality condition. We give it a 9/10 on the whole.

Kodak Vest Pocket WWI Photo_National Media Museum

World War I photo believed to be taken with a Kodak Vest Pocket in 1915, The Royal Photographic Society Collection © National Media Museum, Bradford Source: National Media Museum

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