No. 1A (Autographic) Kodak Jr.

The 1A Autographic Kodak Jr. folding camera was typical of Kodak folding cameras of the time. The camera body is wooden. Folding front and removable back are metal while the external covering and bellows are leather. The leather covering is often found with "bumps" caused by the build up of copper oxide, a by-product of corrosion of the copper and brass rivets used to assemble the camera.

It used Kodak Autographic Film which permitted a message to be written on the film between frames. The spool was wound with a layer of carbon paper between the film and thin red backing paper. After taking a photograph the user would open up the small door on the back of the camera (fig.1) and using the provided stylus inscribe a brief note. Pressure of the stylus on the backing paper transferred the carbon to the backing paper. The user then held the camera back to the light for a moment and light passing through would image the message on the film. Typical of many antique cameras, aperture settings are marked in a series of numbers (fig. 2). Table 1 below lists the f/stop equivalents:

    • 1914 - 1927 Eastman Kodak Company, Toronto, Ontario
    • Single element achromatic meniscus lens with 4 selectable apertures
    • Ball bearing leaf shutter, T, B, 1/25 - 1/100 second
    • A116 - Autographic Roll film - 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch - 8 Exposures