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Time-warp compact camera

By HobbitDave
Here is a little Kodak Vanity vest-pocket folding camera from the late 1920s. These were the fashionable new compact cameras of the 1920s, especially for the ladies. They took 127 film, and had a decent Kodak lens and shutter, plus a detachable metal autographic stylus with which you could write where a picture was taken directly onto the film via a flap on the back. The fashionable way to Add Text of its day! I havent used the camera yet, it still has a half-used 127 film in it. They were sold with a neat little colour-matching clam-shell lined hard case, shown in the photo.
They were quality little cameras made in five different colours. This one is brown, they made red, blue, grey, and green ones. Gives an interesting insight into compact camera photography 90 years ago.
127 type film gives a 4.5 x 6cm negative, from which prints can be made.

V.3 shows a 1928 advertisement for the Kodak Vanity camera.

Tags: Camera Compact Still life Kodak Vest pocket 127 film

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Comments


19 Nov 2020 12:38PM
Kodak was the company of the day at one time. My first camera was a Brownie Starflash, This camera had amazing innovations for 90 tears ago.
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
19 Nov 2020 1:02PM
A wonderful set Dave , great looking camera , will be interesting to see any results you may get
Ian
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
19 Nov 2020 1:10PM
A very lovely little compact camera, Dave 😃 I like how you've shown it being held in the hand, which helps show us its size 👍
Trev 😀
19 Nov 2020 1:36PM

Quote:A very lovely little compact camera, Dave 😃 I like how you've shown it being held in the hand, which helps show us its size 👍
Trev 😀

I agree with Trev very much! SmileSmileSmile

Jukka.
19 Nov 2020 2:07PM
Interesting set
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
19 Nov 2020 2:14PM
I never knew they made them so small. My grandmother gave me a big one like this when I was a child. She had me taking pictures with it to show her.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2020 2:20PM
A great set DaveSmileSmileSmileSmile

Cliff
laura1 16 8
19 Nov 2020 2:31PM
so cute! I wonder if there are any photos in the half used film?
would be great to see.

Laura
19 Nov 2020 2:35PM

Quote:I never knew they made them so small. My grandmother gave me a big one like this when I was a child. She had me taking pictures with it to show her.
I’ve got a couple of the big ones, Sandy, they too were originally listed as ‘vest pocket’ cameras, but they are very heavy - mine take postcard sized photos, one has a Zeiss lens. You’d need a vest pocket the size of a kangaroo pouch to carry them!
Fefe Plus
9 54 36 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2020 3:06PM
Snazzy GrinGrinGrin
I like V2.
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2020 4:04PM
A fascinating set.
19 Nov 2020 4:33PM
An excellent and most interesting set, Dave,
An informative narrative, too!

Richard
19 Nov 2020 8:02PM
Wow Dave will you take some pictures with it and see what happens? Its great you keep these cameras alive. Debs
19 Nov 2020 9:05PM
Excellent set Dave..Lin
19 Nov 2020 9:16PM
Great images and detailed caption Dave, lovely little camera,looking forward to seeing your shots with this old new compact 📸😀

Lory Smile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2020 12:09PM
Perfect subject... EPZeders will enjoy this fine set Dave !! I like it.
Isabel GrinGrin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
20 Nov 2020 3:20PM
Delightful--- I want one!
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
20 Nov 2020 3:58PM
Great old stuff Dave! The lead is a small favourite, but I like them all!

Arne Smile
xwang 11 56 8
17 Dec 2020 11:09AM
Very interesting.
I read an article on BBC that a photographer and collector bought an old camera, also with the film in it, he developed the film and now he is (was) looking for the descendent of the people on the photos,.. It looked like holiday in Bavaria in 30s' and some of later ones,.. The puzzle is why they'd never developed the film.

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