Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Kodak No 2 Eureka

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 2 Eureka
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wooden casing of relatively simple construction.
Single circular reflecting viewfinder. Space in the back for three plate holders or rollholder.
Production Period: 1897 - 1899


Film: 3½" x 3½" plates or 106 rollfilm
Lens: Achromatic
Shutter: Rotary
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1898
Serial Number: Serial 7298 inside side door
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  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 437

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This example of the Kodak No 2 Eureka is in well used condition. The leather is dry and there are a number of cracks in the surface (notably on the back) and one thumbnail sized piece missing on the top face. The hinge on the side access door (leather) has given way. The handle is present.

According to Coe [4], 14000 of these were made and this one carries serial 7298 inside the door so is probably dated to 1898 (and after the improved rotary shutter was fitted, according to Coe).


Coe [4] lists this camera under two categories: one as a camera designed primarily for rollfim (using a rollfilm cartridge holder) and the other designed for plates. The camera was adaptable to either medium.