Kombi - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Kombi

1893

Alfred C. Kemper

Chicago

USA

Image of Kombi

Lens:
c. f12, 33 mm bi-convex lens. Fixed aperture.

Shutter:
Sector, non capping, T, I settings. Fixed speed.

Construction:
Blued, nickel plated metal.

Format:
25, 1 ⅛" diameter exposures on 1 " wide roll-film. A mask in the film plane can be removed to give 1 ⅛" x 1 ⅛" exposures.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Film advance indicated by click, 3 clicks per frame. The camera has to be loaded in the dark.

Serial Number:
18193 .

With:
'Loaded' clip. Box.

The origins of the Kombi lie in a United States patent in the name of William V. Esmond. A second patent by Christian H. Stoelting describes the Kombi in full detail. Half of the Esmond patent and the entire Stoelting patent were assigned to Alfred C. Kemper, the manufacturer of the camera.

The Kombi is extremely well made with machined parts, not at all like other novelty cameras that were being produced. It could also be used to view transparencies printed on Kombi film. A circular disc in the back of the camera could be removed, the roll of transparencies was then wound on the normal feed and take-up spools and viewed through the lens.

The camera cost $3.50, an accessory back, without the removable disc, cost $1.50, a roll of film was 0.20. As the camera had to be loaded in the dark a 'rubber loading sleeve' was produced for 0.60. A 'Loaded' clip was sold as an accessory as a reminder that the camera contained film. The manufacturers offered a developing and printing service or photographers could purchase a developing and printing kit for $3.00. A tripod with special fixing plate was available at $2.00.

References & Notes:
BP 23487/1892. BP 2544/1895. US-Pat. 488331. US-Pat. 588618.

Further Information:
Lothrop, Century, p. 74. For a few years (c. 1894 - 1897) Kemper had an outlet at 36 Oxford St. London.

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