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1920s Kodak Autographic Junior No 1A Folding Camera
Stunning throwback to high-tech camera development of the early twentieth century, this 1920s Kodak Autographic Junior No. 1A folding camera was indeed a marvel of invention. With the autographic feature, it allowed the user to actually write on the film as they shot the pictures. An adjustable telescoping fixed focus lens allowed for greater picture quality whereby users could set/change the intended depth of targets (focus) as well as manually change the aperture and shutter speed.
Eastman Kodak manufactured these cameras between 1914-1927. This specimen was made in Rochester, NY USA and is one of the finest Autographic Junior 1A's that I've ever come across. Insides are pristine and everything is functional. Controls, lens, viewfinder, latches, struts, buttons, bellows and shutter all work like the day it was made. Case has a few scuffs & scrapes but nothing serious.
DATING THIS CAMERA: From what I can tell there is no known database of serial numbers in reference to production dates. From a long list of patent dates that are printed on the inside of the film compartment door, the last patent date is June 19th 1917. The serial number is 480406 (found behind the foot that keeps the camera propped up). Uses a rapid rectilinear Bausch & Lomb lens and a Kodak ball bearing shutter (this combination was used between 1914-1925).
• Includes the shutter release cable
• Ball bearing shutter works like new, patented in 1910 and 1915
• The bellows are excellent with no wear, no cracks or tears
• Engraving on the leather hand grip: Kodak
NOTE: Like so many others, the chrome stylus is missing.