Kodak Gallery 1899-1950

Tomei Collection



This page is simply a gallery of some Kodak cameras that have yet to be assigned to a specific page in the collection.  

For the full list of the Kodak cameras, please go to The Tomei Collection.  Many of the images were created with an inexpensive P&S and originally intended for our personal records, so forgive the relative poor image quality,  However, until better photographs can be taken, I have included them here in a separate page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: First model of No.1A Folding Pocket Kodak introduced in December 1899, and later changed in June 1905. Designed for the new type 116 rollfilm for 21/2 x 41/4 exposures.  202,000 built.

Above: This Kodak Six-20 was built between February 1934 and June 1937. It has the enameled baseboard struts introduced in early 1934 and the f/4.5 Kodak Anastigmat lens with Compur shutter.

Above: The Kodak Pocket Jr. (top) with meniscus lens and Kodo shutter was produced between October 1929 and June 1932. 

The UK version (above) sold by Lizars from 1930 to 1933 had the f/7.7 Kodak Anastigmat lens and Kodex shutter. Contrary to Coe and others, colored versions were not only available in the US.  This UK version was available in green from Lizars in Glascow.

Above: The 828 f/6.3 Kodak Bantam models were certainly basic but not cheap.  Based upon CPI, $5.75 to $9.75 in 1937 is equivalent to $80.00 to $155.00 today. When considering unskilled wages during the Depression, this number is even more extraordinary.  The fixed viewfinder version (L) was made in 1935-37. The folding optical finder version (R) was sold between February 1938 and January 1947.

 The $25.00 VPK Special was a deluxe version of the Series III. Thick seal leather cover and higher quality f/4.5 Tessar lens were included in the upgrade which cost an additional $7.00 .

Above: Two versions of the 3A Folding Pocket Kodak, both with red leather bellows that were discontinued in August 1912.  There exists a bewildering array of different versions.

Left: The Recomar Model 33 was offered from 1932-40 as a precision view camera taking 31/4 x 41/4 in. exposures on sheet film. This model along with a companion Model 18 were built by Kodak A.G. in Germany, formed in December 1931 by the acquisition of the Nagel Camerawerk in Stuttgart.  However, the design of the Recomar cameras was performed under the direction of Dr. August Nagel though the camera may be festooned with the Kodak name.  Originally it cost $48, the equivalent of about $700.00 today.  It was used by many advanced amateurs and professional photographers such as Russell W. Dow, the noted photographer of the Alaskan wilderness.

Left: The Kodak Duo 620 models were first introduced in Germany in 1933 with black enamel and nickel panels. The 1937-38 Series II had an  improved optical viewfinder integrated into a chrome top.   The example shown here has the helical focused f/3.5 7.5cm Anastigmat and Compur-Rapid shutter.

Right & Left:  By 1950, Pierre Angenieux had gained international recognition for lens designs.  In that year Kodak-Pathé introduced the Kodak Special 620 shown here with the improved f/4.5 100mm Angenieux Anastigmat lens.  This model is often overlooked and is not cited in McKeown.   It is often considered to be one of the optically finest Kodak folders ever produced.  It is similar to the pre-war Volenda models but has aluminum body panels and integrated viewfinder.

Right:  The Kodak Duex is another model that was short lived having been introduced in June 1940 and discontinued in November 1942 as WWII efforts reached their peak.  As with other inexpensive cameras, this one cost $5.75 in 1941, a figure that represents $78.70 today based on the CPI.  It had a single speed shutter at 1/30 sec or B, a fixed focus Periscopic doublet lens on a helical extension, and took 16 exposures on 620 film.

Right & Below:  The Kodak Bantam Special first introduced in 1936 was the most recognized design from Walter Dorwin Teague.  The German invasion of France and the subsequent occupation after June 1940 made it impossible for Kodak to continue business in Germany. 

Consequently, this model was changed and from 1941 through 1948 it employed the Supermatic shutter which was clearly inferior to the German made Compur Rapid.  There exist two variants of the first model produced between 1936 and 1940 as shown here. An early version is marked by the short knurled rewind knob and solid back release arm.  The later version has seven machined rings on the rewind and a perforated release arm.

 

The Vest Pocket Kodak Special (left and right) was introduced in September 1926 and finally went out of production in April 1935.   Several shutter and lens combinations were produced during those years.

Here is an example assembled for the U.K. probably in 1927.  Normally the f/6.3 Tessar was mounted in some U.K. version VPK Series III models.  However, the Zeiss Tessar on this upgraded special camera dates from 1926 and is the f/4.5 7.5 cm model lens.