Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 2 Bullet Kodak

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 2 Bullet Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wooden casing of relatively simple construction. When first introduced, the camera was equipped with a Tisdell shutter, but this was replaced in 1896 by the rotary shutter that was already in use on the No 2 Bulls-Eye camera.
Production Period: 1895 - 1902

The original version of the Bulls-Eye camera, produced by the Boston Camera Mfg. Company in 1892, is historically significant as the first camera to use Samuel Turner's new numbered paper backed film (requiring the introduction of the red window). George Eastman was later to licence to use the numbered rollfilm in the 1895 Pocket Kodak before buying the company to secure the rights to the patent in August 1895.

The No 2 Bullet camera was introduced earlier in that same year to complete with the Boston Bulls-Eye (Coe [4]).

After EKC had taken over the Boston company the Bulls-Eye camera was continued by Kodak as the No 2 Bulls-Eye Kodak, albeit with some design changes, alongside the No 2 Bullet Kodak.

Model / Variant: Model D
Film: 101 rollfilm (3½" x 3½")
Lens: Achromatic
Shutter: Rotary
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1899
Serial Number: Serial on underside (front) #25311
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Inventory Number: 209

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A nice example obtained from the UK. The date is based upon the serial number. It has the side door to allow a plate holder to be used and a separate board at the rear that holds the red window, but which is removed when the plateholder is used.

The camera has been converted to take 120 film by using spacers on the spool and fitting a plastic mask in the rear (removable). The handle is missing, but otherwise it is in good order.


Note that (as with the Bulls-Eye) there is no No 1 Bullet, but there is a 4 Bullet as well as 'Special' models.

As with many of the rollfilm box cameras of this period, the inside is rather more attractive than the exterior!