Pocket Kodak - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Pocket Kodak

95 Model

1895

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

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Lens:
c. f10, 65 mm, fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Tisdell sector with separate capping plate. Spring powered. Instantaneous and B settings.

Construction:
Black Morocco covered wood body.

Format:
12, 1 " x 2" exposures on paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window.
Removable shutter panel. Single lever tensions the shutter by a horizontal movement and releases the shutter by downward pressure.

Identification:
Round view-finder.

Notes:
Address: Eastman Photographic Materials Co. Ltd. 115 Oxford St. London. 4 Place Vendome Paris. Marked with patent information: Pat. May 5 1885, Aug 6 1889.

Pocket Kodak

96 Model

1896

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

Lens:
c. f10, 65 mm 3 sector stops.

Shutter:
Sector, everset type. Spring powered. Instantaneous and B settings.

Construction:
Black Morocco covered wood body.

Format:
12, 1 " x 2" exposures on paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window.

Identification:
Square view-finder.

Notes:
Address: Eastman Photographic Materials Co. Ltd. 115 Oxford St. London. 4 Place Vendome Paris. 91 Markgrafen Str. Berlin. Marked with patent information: Pat. May 5 1885, Dec 1 1891.

Pocket Kodak

96 Model

1896

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

Lens:
c. f10, 65 mm 3 sector stops.

Shutter:
Sector, everset type. Spring powered. Instantaneous and B settings.

Construction:
Black Morocco covered wood body.

Format:
12, 1 " x 2" exposures on paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window.

Identification:
Square view-finder.

Notes:
Address: Eastman Photographic Materials Co. Ltd. 115-117 Oxford St. London. 4 Place Vendome Paris. Eastman Kodak Gesellschaft, M. B. H. 91 Markgrafen Str. Berlin. Marked with patent information: Pat. May 5 1885, Dec 1 1891, Jan 2 1897. Retailer's address in case: Ludwig Scharller. Stuttgart.

With:
Case.

Pocket Kodak

96 Model

1896

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

Lens:
c. f10, 65 mm 3 sector stops.

Shutter:
Sector, everset type. Spring powered. Instantaneous and B settings.

Construction:
Brown Morocco covered wood body.

Format:
12, 1 " x 2" exposures on paper-backed roll-film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window.

Identification:
Square view-finder.

Notes:
Address: Eastman Photographic Materials Co. Ltd. 115-117 Oxford St. London. 4 Place Vendome Paris. Marked with patent information: Pat. May 5 1885, Dec 1 1891. Retailer's address W. Whiteley. 151 Queen's Rd. The leather covering is a distinct brown in colour.

The Pocket Kodak was the first Kodak to use the red window for indicating film advance.

Two versions of the 95 model exist, in the first the shutter was attached to the removable section of the camera, later the shutter was separately mounted on a removable wooden panel. Both models were available in red or black leather and had round view-finders. The shutter had to be tensioned by hand.

In the 96 model the earlier shutter was replaced by a Kodak Rotary model. The finder was now rectangular. The finish of the 96 was black Morocco.

At the back of the camera is a removable panel that could be replaced by a plate holder.

The image on the right shows the 96 model shutter.

References & Notes:
BP 24269/1896. Lothrop, Century, p. 72. Coe, Kodak Cameras, p. 28.


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