Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 1 Kodak Junior

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 1 Kodak Junior
Type: Folding (Rollfilm)
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Country of Origin: US
Construction: Conventional folding bed camera where the lens standard is pulled out on a track fixed to the baseboard. This is the non autographic version of the camera although an autographic back was available as an option (see example below). The back is slightly unusual in that it follows the curve of the camera profile at one end only - sometimes referred to as being 'J-shaped'. The release catches are also off centre. Brilliant finder at top right of lens standard.
Plate / Film Size: 120 rollfilm (for pictures 2" x 3")
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Production Period: 1914 only

The No 1 Kodak Junior was introduced in April 1914 and discontinued in December of the same year as a result of the introduction of autographic film; the camera was continued as the No 1 Autographic Kodak Junior thereafter, from serial 33,901 according to Coe ([4], p123).

Owners of the original No 1 Kodak Junior were also able to adapt their cameras for autographic film by purchasing an autographic back that was available as a separate option. An example is shown below.

There was also a No 1A Kodak Junior produced for the larger 116 film size (pictures 2" x 4"). This also changed to an autographic version at the end of 1914.

Lens: Meniscus Achromatic
Shutter: Kodak Ball Bearing
Date of this Example: 1914
Serial Number: Serial 17641
Availability:
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Inventory Number: 118

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Description

This example of the No 1 Kodak Junior is fitted with an autographic back, but the serial number identifies it as one of the original non-autographic versions. This is further supported by the fact that the box that came with the camera is for the optional Autographic back and not the camera itself!

The fold out instructions for the autographic back were also present with the camera.

Notes

Replacement autographic backs were offered for a number of folding cameras after the film had been introduced.