Grandmom’s Camera

Grandmom's Camera

Grandmom had an apparent interest in photography from an early age. Her camera was a 1920’s-era Kodak.

The lens in the center, surrounded by an accordion-like piece, extends out. I left it in place since I don’t want to damage it. A metal plate on the side is stamped “Use Autographic Film No A-120.” I think the camera was meant to be held vertically. The front cover was held by a hinge, but it is broken.

Dad remembers Grandmom using this camera. She used it to take many of the pictures of him when he was a child in the 1930’s.

Dad saved a magazine clipping that provided information on a similar camera:

“Introduced in 1912, these collapsible cameras were extremely popular owing to their miniature size. Slightly smaller than an index card, they fit inside a shirt pocket, and were known as the ‘Soldier’s Camera’ during World War I thanks to their portability. Unfortunately, this model requires 127 film, which Kodak stopped making in 1995 (though a couple of niche companies, like, still carry it). Your heirloom dates between 1915 and 1926, when the cameras came with a metal stylus that enabled the user to etch dates or names on the back of the film through a tiny window. The notes would then appear on the developed photos. “

I like that we still have a tool that she used to record people and moments that were important to her.


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