Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 2 Film Pack Hawk-Eye 'Drink First Aid'

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 2 Film Pack Hawk-Eye
Type: Box (sheet film)
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Country of Origin: US
Construction: Conventional shaped box camera but for sheet film in special packs rather than rollfilm. Two brilliant viewfinders. Strap on top is embossed with the name of the camera, which is also printed inside the removable back.
Production Period: 1922 - 1925

 

Model / Variant: 'Drink First Aid' Premium Camera
Plate / Film Size: No 520 film pack (for pictures 2" x 3")
Lens: Meniscus
Shutter: Rotary
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1925
Serial Number: None
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [x]
Inventory Number: 242

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Description

This camera is exactly the same as the normal No 2 Film Pack Hawk-Eye but with the addition of gold lettering on the back that reads "Drink First Aid".

This example has a pristine copy of the instruction book for the No 2 and 2A Film Pack Hawk-Eye, dated September 1924. The guarantee card included, which shows a half-tone reproduction photo on the front. This has been folded in half during its life and is therefore creased. Original 'First Aid' poster, now a little yellowed and grubby around the edges, but sound.

McKeown [1] talks about 5 of these being in circulation some years ago (around the year 2000).

Notes

The No 2 Film Pack Hawk-Eye camera was used as a premium camera on both sides of the Atlantic.