Kodak Vest Pocket

Kodak Vest Pocket
Folding camera - Good (used & in working condition with visible signs of use)

The Vest Pocket Kodak cameras were a series of successful folding cameras sold by Eastman Kodak (Rochester), from 1912 to 1926. They were the first cameras to use the smallest 127 roll films. An upright folding version had an achromatic meniscus lens f/6.8 72 mm, hidden behind a mask that allowed a max. aperture f/11. It had to be loaded through the top with both rolls of film at the same time. It had the small version of the three-bladed shutter with ball bearing of the Kodak No.0. Folded it was really beautiful, not bigger than most of the modern compact cameras. Hidden behind its lens border was its ingenious viewfinder

The Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak was a version advertised as the “soldier camera” during the World War I. It was produced from 1915 to 1926, sold in 1,750,000 copies. It was the upright folding compact type and had a meniscus lens or a Rapid Rectilinear with USA 8 speed. The back of the camera had an area through which notes could be written on the paper material of the film 127, the ‘autographic’ film, invented by Henry J. Gaisman. The special autographic Pocket Vest models were equipped with selected lenses f/6.9 and f/7.7 by Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Zeiss, Ross, Berthiot or Cooke, the rarest is H Duplouich Verax although mainly with the Kodak Anastigmat f/7.7 lens. The Vest Pocket Kodak model B was a quite different camera; a primitive folding camera for 4×6.5 cm exposures on films 127.

Lot details
Multiple main devices
Model/ type nr
Vest Pocket
Object/device type
Folding camera
Good (used & in working condition with visible signs of use)
No. of main devices
Lens Mount Type
Film type
In working order
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