Camera, Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Fold Out; Eastman Kodak Company; 1914-1926...

Name/Title

Camera, Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Fold Out

About this object

This is a Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Fold Out camera which were produced between 1914 and 1926.

The original release in 1912 was the first camera to use 127 film, and its negatives were about the size of postage stamps. The whole thing weighed just over 300 grams, and its aluminium alloy body meant it was unusually cheap to produce.

This model was released in 1914, the same year World War One broke out and the compact light nature of camera made it perfect for marketing as ‘The Soldier’s Kodak’. Advertisements encouraged new recruits to ‘Make your own picture record of the war’ and many thousands did.

Cameras were forbidden among the British and Commonwealth armed forces, but that didn’t stop many servicemen taking them to the front lines. About 5500 VPKs were sold in Britain in 1914 — a figure that more than quintupled to 28,000 the following year, and while we are unsure who the original owner of this camera was, perhaps it was used by a Wyndham soldier to record his overseas journey.

Maker

Eastman Kodak Company

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1914-1926

Period

1910s

Place Made

North & Central America, United States, New York, Rochester

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, steel
inorganic, processed material, glass
organic, processed material, vegetal, fibre, cotton

Measurements

h 75 mm x w 130 mm x d 35 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Art and Design

Subject and Association Keywords

Sport and Leisure

Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Subject and Association Keywords

Military

Object Type

equipment

Object number

WY.0000.824

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