No. 3A Folding Brownie (Autographic)

The No. 3A Folding Brownie looks like a lunch box when closed. Once opened with the Moroccan red leather bellows extended, one is presented with a wonderful mechanism complete with frosted viewfinder and adjustable focusing stops. The rather large film format of 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches would have provided contact prints nearly as large in size as today's standard 6 x 4 inch format.

To open the camera front there is a leatherette covered button at the center top of the camera. The back opens by pressing two more covered buttons located on the sides of the camera.
Along one side of the lens is a chrome plated cylinder. It is actually an air actuated solenoid. A small rubber hose is attached to the tapered end and an air bulb at the other end is squeezed to activate the shutter at a remote distance. This was a common feature on many cameras of this era.

The camera body is an all wood construction with a fine grained leatherette on the inside surfaces and a coarser grain on the outside. The combination of lacquered brass shutter housing, red leather bellows and black leatherette give this camera a very sophisticated appearance.

  • 1909 - 1915 Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York
  • Rapid Rectilinear, Bausch & Lomb Lens
  • FPK Automatic Shutter - T,B,
  • Size 122 film (5 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. format)
  • Very similar to No. 3A Folding Cartridge Premo