No. 3 Kodak (1889)
This is a big box camera, being 11.5 inch (29 cm) long, that took pictures of 3.25 x 4.25 inch (8,3 x 10,8 cm). In the video you can see such a photo. Compared with the bulk of the camera it is rather a small picture.
The No. 3 Kodak belongs to the first generation of Kodaks.
- It was introduced in December 1889 and discontinued in 1897.
- With a price of $ 40 it was no poor man's camera. It was aimed at the more wealthy amateur, who didn't want to bother with technics, but just liked to take snaps.
- The camera has the most necessary settings only:
- a pull string to cock the shutter
- a wheel (on top) to set the distance
- a button to fire the shutter
- a key to wind the film
- it's also possible to change the stops and to set the shutter for time exposures, but for ordinary snaps there was no need to do so.
The No. 3 Kodak is not really rare, 4050 were made, but nevertheless it is not often seen today.
"The new wagon", July 4, 1891, Barnards Express. Photo taken with a No. 4 Kodak.