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Handy in 1929...

By HobbitDave
This is a rather quaint little camera, nearly 90 years old, that I've been working on recently. It goes by the wonderful name of a KODAK VEST POCKET (sounds rather Spike Milligan, 'Does your vest have pockets?') Wink

This one is a 'special' Series 111, with a German Zeiss Tessar f6.3 lens, and a rather curious but working Diomatic American shutter, which makes a buzzing sound when it fires.
I love the writing on the front, that you choose the weather of the day, dull, grey, clear, or brilliant, and set the little window to an aperture number. Neat!

Picture is best viewed 'large' for details.

Ingenious little camera, which folds flat and will slide into a sizeable pocket.

I think it should still take decent pictures, might have a go in the New Year.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone on EPZ, and an inspired NEW YEAR Wink

Tags: Camera Film General Vintage camera Kodak camera Folding camera

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Vambomarbleye 4 153 14 Scotland
22 Dec 2017 4:19PM
Beautiful instrument.
Such a level of craftsmanship and precision engineering. And tactile.
You must try it out, it will surely be a delight to use.
I'm curious as to the function of the stylus type thingy on the side of the bellows?
Cheers
Alan
22 Dec 2017 4:26PM

Quote:Beautiful instrument.
Such a level ofE craftsmanship and precision engineering. And tactile.
You must try it out, it will surely be a delight to use.
I'm curious as to the function of the stylus type thingy on the side of the bellows?
Cheers
Alan

i should have mentioned that, Alan, the full name of the camera is 'Autographic', the vertical chrome stylus is held in place by two clips. On the back of the camera is a small door, which you can slide down with your finger nail, and then 'inscribe' the name of what you were photographing, and it will come out in white on the printed film. Natty stuff! Wink
22 Dec 2017 4:31PM
Excellent Dave, looks in very good condition, I have a Kodak folding camera from the 1950's, it's a Kodak Stirling ll, it took 8 exposures on a 620 film,
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you Dave,
Best Wishes,
Fred.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2017 4:41PM
Smart looking piece of kit Dave. You've got to try it out, and a happy Christmas to you and yours and all good things in the New Year.
Peter GrinGrin
22 Dec 2017 5:29PM
Excellent image
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2017 5:32PM
Great subject, great image!
Isabel GrinGrin
22 Dec 2017 7:11PM
That is an amazing camera Dave. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Cathy
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2017 7:29PM

Quote:Smart looking piece of kit Dave. You've got to try it out, and a happy Christmas to you and yours and all good things in the New Year.
Peter GrinGrin



It certainly looks fun,
Ju
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
22 Dec 2017 7:47PM
That is quite a fancy camera---- I would love to see your collection!
22 Dec 2017 8:10PM
Wonderful engineering - an excellent image and interesting narrative.
Have a wonderful Christmas, Dave.
Richard Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2017 11:57PM
A wonderful find that is now in safe hands.
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2017 12:16AM
We've got to applaud photographers of the past who had to make all the decisions - Was there an auto mod eon those cameras?
We had a quiz at Camera club this week when one team thought AWB meant Average White Band!
Kate Grin
23 Dec 2017 1:05AM

Quote:We've got to applaud photographers of the past who had to make all the decisions - Was there an auto mod eon those cameras?
We had a quiz at Camera club this week when one team thought AWB meant Average White Band!
Kate Grin

Love the AWB quote, KateWink Wink. No auto mode on any camera till about 50 yearss after this one.......pretty much started with 1980s Canon film cameras with EF lenses. They were the pioneers of autofocus. But very nice to use older lenses on modern DSLRs which don't have EF. Can be just as sharp manually. Wink Wink
23 Dec 2017 2:30PM
They do not make them like that anymore. Lovely to know you are repairing and keeping these old cameras going. Debs
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2017 4:11PM
A great looking camera Dave, wishing you and your family A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year SmileSmileSmile

Cliff
27 Dec 2017 2:15PM
Always great to see these old cameras Dave.

JohnSmile
A great looking camera Dave, A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
BRITCHIE

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