No. 4 Panoram Kodak (1899)
Like the No. 1 Panoram this instrument is a special purpose camera. It took pictures of 3 1/2 x 12 inches (9 x 30 cm). The horizontal angle of view is 142 degrees.
The No. 4 Panoram is the first Kodak panoramic camera. It was introduced in 1899 and replaced by a redesigned model in November 1900. The No. 1 Panoram appeared in April 1900.
The original No. 4 doesn't have a finder, like the later models, but only a wide V-line on top to indicate the angle of view. The swinging lens has one speed, in later models it has two speeds. Also it doesn't have a door to protect the lens, but a felt lens plug.
Of the original model only 1900 cameras were made and it is quite rare today.
For a technical explanation of the swinging lens mechanism see 'Elements in motion: shutters' . There you can see the shutter of the No. 1 in action.
Panoramic photograph made with a No. 4 Panoram Kodak. Size of picture 30.2 x 8.5 cm. Picture of Old Newgate Prison in East Granby, Hartford, CT. On the back is written "Miss Turnbull". This may be Helen Turnbull (1842-1924), who lived in Granby at just 4 miles distance. Below a postcard from the early 1900's.