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1915 Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic camera | by Michael Raso - Film Photography Podcast
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1915 Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic camera

The 1915 Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic is a "vest pocket" folding camera advertised as "The Soldier's camera" during WWI. It was manufactured by Kodak from 1915 to 1926. One of the most significant features was the "autographic" window on the camera back a feature invented by Henry J. Gaisman. By sliding a small door open, the photographer was able to inscribe some information about the picture through the backing paper, directly onto the film using a metal stylus —a distant ancestor to today's "day / date" modes in some electronic cameras. It had a Kodak Anastigmatic f/7.7 lens.



Image by Joe Kolbek / shot with 1958 Yashica 44 (127 film) camera

1/50th sec / f11

Bluefire Murano 127 film (film is cut from bulk rolls of Kodak Portra NC 160 by Bluefire Labs, Canada)


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Kodak Pocket Vest Camera in the news:

"Tom Holzel really wants a camera. The problem is, the only camera that he'll settle for was lost somewhere on Mount Everest 86 years ago.


The lost camera is a Vestpocket Kodak that belonged to George Mallory, the climber who died just 2,030 feet below Everest's summit in 1924. "



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Taken on April 15, 2010