No 1A Autographic Kodak Special
Eastman Kodak Company
|Name:||No 1A Autographic Kodak Special|
|Manufacturer:||Eastman Kodak Co.|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Construction:||Coupled range finder version of the No 1A Autographic
Kodak Special camera.
Two models of slightly different design.
|Plate / Film Size:||A116 rollfilm (2½" x 4¼")|
|Movements:||Rising front (lever actuated)|
|Dimensions (w x h x l):|
|Production Period:||1917 - 1926|
|Variant / Model:||Early model with bakelite side panels|
|Lens:||Kodak Anastigmat f6.3|
|Date of this Example:||c1922|
|Serial Number:||Carries suppliers round enamel badge on rh side panel (from front), "Andrew J. Lloyd Company, Boston and Cambridge".|
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No 1A Autographic Kodak Special with CRF (coupled rangefinder). According to McKeown (Kodak Cameras), the Kodak anastigamt lens / Kodamatic shutter combination was used from 1921 to 1926. The latest patent date inside the back is 1918. The bakelite side panels were withdrawn in 1923 and the format changed to one with an overlapping back, similar to the No 2C Autographic Kodak Special.
There is some bubbling to the leather finish on this example, and the bellows have pin-holes at the corners.
Original leather case, impressed with name of camera above the catch, which carries the EKC emblem. Pattern of leather case matches that of the camera itself.
The surface bubbling noted above is quite common on leather covered cameras with metal bodies. It may be due to the glue hardening or, more likely, due to corrosion setting in on the tops of screws used in the fabrication of the bodywork. It can sometimes form quite hard round lumps under the leather that force it to swell.