Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 1A Folding Pocket Kodak Special

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 1A Folding Pocket Kodak Special
Type: Folding (rollfilm)
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Country of Origin: US
Construction: Conventional vertical format folding camera where the lens standard is pulled out on a track fixed to the baseboard. Brilliant finder at top right of lens standard.
Production Period: 1908 - 1912 (see below)

The No 1A Folding Pocket Kodak Special was introduced in 1908 but was renamed as the No 1A Folding Pocket Kodak - RR Type in 1912 in order to avoid confusion with the No 1A Kodak Special introduced in that year.

In turn, the No 1A Folding Pocket Kodak - RR Type camera was renamed in 1914 when it became the No 1A Autographic Kodak camera.

Model / Variant: Model C
Plate / Film Size: 116 rollfilm (autographic)
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: Kodak Automatic
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1911
Serial Number: Serial 22565-S on support stand
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 88

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This example of the No 1A Pocket Kodak Special camera is in good order, the only obvious defect being that the original leather covering the opening button has worn away and a new circle of thin leather has been glued over the top.

The camera is a fairly compact unit with red bellows and bright nickel plated components. The shutter assembly appears to have had additional aperture and speed guides added.

This version with the Kodak Anastigmat f/6.3 lens was made in the UK between 1931 and 1935 according to Coe [4].


There are four models (original, B, C and D) of this form before it was renamed to the RR Type. It may be found with various combinations of lens and shutter.