Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Kodak Petite

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: Kodak Petite
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Conventional folding bed camera for 127 film, based upon the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B, but in various colours. The complete folding section, including the bed, is formed as a single piece that then fits into the rollfilm back. The two have to be separated to load and remove the film.
Special versions were also produced with enamelled faceplates, with some particular variants being produced in limited numbers.
Plate / Film Size: 127 rollfilm
Lens: Meniscus
Shutter: V.P. Rotary
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Production Period: 1929 - 1934

The Kodak Petite was a coloured variant of the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B that was introduced in 1929 with marketing aimed at the women due to its stylish appearance.

The basic Kodak Petite was produced in 5 colours: blue, gray, green, lavender and old rose. The body featured a diamond pattern to the covering that was repeated on a matching case and bellows in a contrasting colour.

A series was also produced with a step pattern on the faceplate, again in 5 colours. A lightning bolt pattern was introduced, primarily for sale as part of a boxed set that included a matching lipstick and compact and sold as the Coquette. The camera was also sold separately.

Other enamelled faceplate designs are also found including a diamond pattern, but these are far less common.

Model / Variant: Gray
Date of this Example:  
Serial Number: Pencil number '39' written on inside face of body. No serial number.
Availability:
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Inventory Number: 100

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Description

Gray Kodak Petite in very good condition with original bellows. Grey diamond pattern with blue/green metalwork and original silvery green bellows.

In good condition, with only minor chipping to paintwork with original matching case.

Original matching case, showing some wear on flap and at corners, but otherwise quite clean.

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Model / Variant: Blue
Date of this Example: c1929
Serial Number: Pencil number '84' written on inside face of body. No serial number.
Availability:
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Inventory Number: 249

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Description

Blue Kodak Petite in very good condition with original bellows, although these are dry and getting bear on some of the corners. Green diamond pattern with blue metalwork and silvery blue bellows.

Original sales carton in diamond pattern (green & blue) with wear on edges and at corners, but clean. It is marked on the back as 'BLUE' Note that this box is smaller than #108, which is big enough to house the case as well.

Manual intact and in good order with only minor discolouration on the cover. Card inside box provides "Caution" notice to seller about window display!

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Model / Variant: Lavender
Date of this Example:  
Serial Number: Pencil number '89' (or maybe 84) written inside the camera.
Availability:
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Inventory Number: 108

Image of Kodak Petite Camera (with case and box)

(Image Amateur Photographer 2011, taken for an article by Ivor Matanle and reproduced with kind permission)

Description

Lavender Kodak Petite finished in very good condition, with original matching case and sales carton. Lavender body with blue metalwork. Original coloured bellows.

A little wear (rubbing) along the top & bottom edges but otherwise in very good order. Minimal marking to the paintwork which has a lovely strong blue colour still. One minor chip to left hand side of lens surround and similar position on main metal edge. Autographic stylus still present.

Original case and sales carton. The carton is worn & faded, with a lot of edge wear though still intact. The case is in good condition.

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Model / Variant: Old Rose
Date of this Example:  
Serial Number: None
Availability:
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Inventory Number: 569

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Old Rose Kodak Petite finished in good condition, with original sales carton.

This is a less common colour of the Kodak Petite camera, which has the diamond pattern and old rose coloured metalwork. The diamond pattern is indistinct on the front face, but is quite clear on the back. The edges are a little grubby through handling. The autographic stylus is missing.

The original sales carton is in fair condition, but has some corner and edge wear as well as some staining to the top face. It is finished in gold inside (as is the instruction booklet, sadly missing from this example). The case is also missing - the carton is of the larger size that was used to supply both camera and matching case.

There are some chips and scrapes to the metalwork, most noticeable at the point where the stand has marked the metal when it is rotated to lock the front in place when folded. There are also a couple of minor blemishes to the raised ring around the edge of the lens, as is quite common with these cameras.

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Model / Variant: Step pattern in lavender
Date of this Example:  
Serial Number: None.
Availability:
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Inventory Number: 473

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Description

The Kodak Petite with step pattern in very good condition with original bellows. Step pattern in lavender with blue metalwork & silver bellows.

There are some minor scratches and wear to the chrome elements on the step pattern, but generally it is in very good condition. Bellows are original, though showing typical signs of thinning and wear.

Camera back has orange patches, which I suspect is colour that has bled through from the lining of the matching case. However this is not very obvious from the front view.

Original case in good condition. It has original owners name in gold across the front.

Notes

When looking for a good example, check the condition of the bellows carefully. Many were replaced with the stronger but less attractive black bellows. Also check the condition of the enamelled metal edge work as this can often chip and will then rust, which can reduce its value and detract from its quality as a display item.

This same basic format was adapted to produce a number of special versions such as the UK Girl Scout Kodak and UK Boy Scout camera.