Vanity Kodak - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Vanity Kodak

1928

Grey model

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

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Lens:
f6.3 83 mm, Kodak Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 50704 .

Shutter:
Diomatic No. 0, speeds 1/10 - 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Grey calf leather with gold trim, grey cloth bellows.

Format:
8, 1 ⅝" x 2 ½" exposures on A127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows to 6 feet.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window. Autographic feature.

Serial Number:
99160 .

With:
Instruction book. Clam-shell case. Box.

Vanity Kodak

1928

Blue model

Eastman Kodak Co.

Rochester

USA

Image of Vanity Kodak

Lens:
f6.3 83 mm, Kodak Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 45508 .

Shutter:
Diomatic No. 0, speeds 1/10 - 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Blue calf leather with gold trim, blue cloth bellows.

Format:
8, 1 ⅝" x 2 ½" exposures on A127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Bellows to 6 feet.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.
Film advance indicated by red window. Autographic feature.

Serial Number:
97532 .

With:
Clam-shell case.

The Vanity Kodak was based on the Vest Pocket Kodak Series III body but had a luxury finish of coloured leather together with a distinctive clam-shell case. Advertisements carried the strapline "The Modern Camera For The Modern Girl". The camera was produced a range of colours: Redbreast (red), Bluebird (blue), Cockatoo (green), Sea Gull (grey) and Jenny Wren (brown). The colouring included the calf-leather body covering, metal work and bellows, the silk-lined clam-shell case and box also matched the colour of the camera. The body finish has an unusual silky grain. The price was £8.8.0.

References & Notes:
BJA 1929, pp. 29, 323. Coe, Kodak Cameras, p. 167. Kodak catalogues.


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