Camera - No.3A. Folding Pocket Camera

Production date
1903-1915
Country
USA
State/Province
New York
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Description
Folding roll-film camera with brown leather case. Leather case has metal buckles on strap and lid. Camera has heavy seal grain leather casing over wood and aluminium body. Leather handle attached on top of camera. Two tripod sockets in the body. Camera base opens out onto a metal support. Red leather bellows. Wood panelling on either side of metal track slide for bellows extension. Bausch and Lomb Lens.
Patent dates from 1894 to 1902 are marked on inside of removable back. This camera accepts an accessory glass plate back with ground glass viewing screen.
Classification
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Cameras Still kodak
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Measurements
Camera: H245 x W120 x D220 (fully extended) Weight 1.04 kg
Case: H250 x W135 x D60 mm Weight 338 g
(Case Height is 650mm when strap is fully extended)
Media/Materials description
Nonferrous metal, glass, leather, paper.
Signature/Marks
T B 100 25 2 1/ KODAK/ AUTOMATIC/ PATENTS/ PENDING
Made by Eastman Kodak Co./ Rochester. N.Y. U.S.A
Made by Eastman Kodak Co./ Rochester. N.Y. U.S.A

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COMBINATION BACK/ FOR/ No. 3 A FOLDING POCKET KODAK/ U.S. PATENTS/ SEP. 25 1884 OCT. 8. 1901/ JUN. 21. 1888 JAN. 21. 1902/ SEP. 20. 1888 APR. 29. 1902/ SEP. 9. 1902/ OTHER PATENTS PENDING/ MANUFACTURED BY/ EASTMAN KODAK CO./ ROCHESTER. N.Y./ MADE IN U.S.A/
History and use
This Kodak Folding Pocket Camera was owned by Captain Leslie Russell Blake, Queensland Geological Survey Geologist, and was possibly used by Blake on the 1913-1914 Mawson Expedition to Macquarie Island.

Blake, taking leave from the Queensland Geological Survey, worked on the Aurora as a cartographer and geologist. He mapped the island and conducted a geological survey, collecting samples and descriptions and taking photographs in an unofficial capacity.

This model of folding pocket camera was Kodak’s first postcard format camera. The roll film allowed for easy negative development and the camera, while it certainly wouldn’t fit in a coat pocket, folded down for ease of transport and storage.

The camera was obtained by Mr C.C. Morton after Blake was killed in World War I by shrapnel fire in France in 1918.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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Registration number
H10672

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