Cameras of the 1880s
Cameras of the 1890s
Kodak (original)1888
2 Kodak
3 Kodak
4 Kodak
3 Kodak Junior
4 Kodak Junior
4 Folding Kodak
5 Folding Kodak
5 Folding Kodak *
5 Folding Kdk stereo
6 Folding Kodak Impr
A Ordinary
B Ordinary
C Ordinary
B Daylight
C Daylight
3 Kodet
4 Kodet
3 Folding Kodet
4 Folding Kodet hor.
4 Folding Kodet ver.
4 Folding Kodet Jr.
4 Folding Kodet Spec
5 Folding Kodet
5 Folding Kodet Spec
Flat Folding Kodak
Boston Bulls-Eye
4x5 Boston Bulls-Eye
Pocket Kodak
2 Falcon
2 Bull's-Eye
2 Bull's Eye Special
2 Folding Bull's-Eye
3 Bull's-Eye
4 Bull's-Eye
4 Bull's-Eye Special
2 Bullet of 1895
2 Bullet Improved
2 Bullet Special
4 Bullet
4 Bullet Special '98
4 Bullet Special C
3 Cartridge Kodak
4 Cartridge Kodak
5 Cartridge Kodak
2 Plico / Flexo
2 Eureka
2 Eureka Junior
4 Eureka
3 Zenith
9x12 Zenith
4 Zenith
Cameras of the 1900s
Cameras of the 1910s
Anniversary Kodak
Elements in motion
Identify your Kodak
Users & cameras
Scheimpflug file
My articles
My photographs
Viewfinder photos

A Ordinary (1891)

The line of Ordinary Kodaks consists of the models A, B and C, the A Ordinary being the smallest with a picture size of 2.75 x 3.25 inch (7 x 8 cm).

The cameras were introduced in 1891 and discontinued in 1895. The $ 6 A Ordinary was the cheapest Kodak of its time and especially suitable for “young folks”, as the 1894 Kodak catalog says.

George Eastman had created a big market of amateur photographers with his original Kodak of 1888, but at a price of $ 25 the Kodak was no camera for “young folks”. With the A Ordinary he tried to reach the (older) children and create an even bigger market for his photographic products.
Only about 2050 cameras were produced, so it wasn’t a big seller. Eastman finally succeeded in his goal to provide a camera for children when he introduced the Brownie of 1900, which was a tremendous success.

The Ordinary Kodaks are closely related to the Daylight Kodaks. The big difference being that the Ordinaries had to be loaded with film in a darkroom while the Daylight Kodaks could be loaded in daylight with a special film in a lightproof box.

To reduce the costs of producing the Ordinaries, they were not covered with leather, like all other Kodaks. The wood finish was considered cheap in the 1890’s, but now these cameras are admired for their beauty. This, and their rarity, makes them quite expensive.

Salesman sample of a photo taken with a model A Ordinary or A Daylight camera.


Page from Buchanan's Complete Illustrated catalogue, photographic supplies, 1893.