During the 1970’s I began collecting a few old inexpensive cameras. Most of them were common cameras that sold for three to six dollars when they were new in the 1930’s.
Some were reflex box cameras but most were folding cameras that look great on a shelf with old books and other memorabilia.
The camera shown below is my favorite.
There is a pleasing art deco design on both sides of the camera.
I found this camera in a little antique shop located in the basement of a house near downtown Beatrice, Nebraska in 1979.
It was still in the original box but the case of the camera looked bad because it was covered with light colored mold dust. The case was easily cleaned and very quickly it looked like it did when it was new in the 1930’s.
The camera took 616 roll film. Kodak verichrome pan (panchromatic) was recommended for this camera.
This camera has a Kodak Anastigmat lense.
What is a Kodak Anastigmat lense? Great Question.
I didn’t know the answer - had to look it up.
In 1914, Kodak introduced the first of a long line of lenses labeled Kodak Anastigmats.
These lenses had an aperture of f/8 and were a 4 element dialyt design, like the Goerz/Schneider Artars.
The following year, the Series II lenses were introduced with apertures of f/7.7 and focal lengths of 170mm and 203mm. These lenses were popular through the 1930s, and one in particular was in production into the 1950s as the Kodak Ektar f/7.7 203mm.