On this website you can see videos of many rare and antique Kodak cameras from the mid 1880's up to the 1910's.
For a visual index of this website and help to identify your early Kodak camera visit the Identify your Kodak page.
Recently added to the Scheimpflug file:
the English language version of my article about Theodor Scheimpflug, pioneer of aerial photo cartography,
published in Photographica World, 2012,
and the correspondence in Photographische Korrespondenz between Scheimpflug and Hazura in 1908.
Below some highlights from my collection
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No. 1A Folding Pocket Kodak. This is the very first model of December 1899. The winding key has a ratched, which was replaced by a noiseless winding key in January 1900.
This is the No. 5 Folding Kodak of Archduchess Maria Therese von Braganza. She was the stepmother of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, who was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914. The incident led to the First World War.
No. 5 Stereo Folding Kodak.
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A bit about me
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In 1983 I bought my first antique camera, a metal bodied No. 2 Brownie. Soon after the first one others followed. Within a year I decided to focus on Kodak cameras from 1888 until 1934. After some years this was changed to 1888 - 1914 (or there about).
My collecting policy is to get one specimen of every Kodak model. As you can see on this website, this worked well. There are very few models I do not have, but it has taken me over 35 years so far and it will take me some more years to find the missing models.
My collection is not large at all, a little more than 100 cameras. A number of them are from the 1920's and 1930's, but their value is so low that it does not make any sense to try to sell them. So the core of my collection is even smaller than 100 cameras.
In addition to the cameras I collect original photographs that were made with the Kodaks and instruction booklets.
My main interest concentrates on the interaction of technique and photographer. What is the influence of the technique used in a camera design on the kind of photographer that uses it? And what was done to make cameras that appealed to a certain sort of users? Besides that I just like the pretty wood, the leather and brass.
I hope you enjoy the cameras on this site as much as I do.