Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 2 Folding Pocket Kodak camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 2 Folding Pocket Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: The camera is constructed as a horizontal format folding camera. Sliding focus (not rack and pinion). Reflecting finder.
The initial model had the shutter integrated into the leather covered lens board. From 1904, a more conventional format was adopted with a separate FPK Automatic shutter mounted on an exposed wooden panel.
Plate / Film Size: 101 rollfilm (3" x 3")
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Production Period: 1899 - 1910

As with many of the Folding Pocket cameras, the No 2 Folding Pocket Kodak camera underwent a series of design changes during its early production, with four distinct models (A through to D) identified.

Model / Variant: Model A
Lens: Achromatic
Shutter: Eastman Automatic (built-in)
Date of this Example: c1899
Serial Number: Serial #12069 on bed of camera.
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 262

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Description

This example of the No 2 Folding Pocket Kodak is a Model A, which was only produced from April 1899 - November 1902, with various changes from serial 20,134. However the serial of this one is earlier than the first change within Model A identified by Coe, so this one may well be from quite early on in this period.

The camera came with an original Kodak case, with fittings suggesting it could be a bicycle case. The inside flap of the course is marked with Kodak 5 Avenue De L'Opera et 4 Place Vendome Paris.

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Model / Variant: Model C
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: FPK Automatic
Date of this Example: 1904 - 1907
Serial Number: TBD
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 477

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Description

Model C of the No 2 Folding Pocket Kodak camera produced from March 1904 to April 1907, with various changes from serial 35,743 according to Coe. However I cannot find where the serial of this one is stamped!

The camera shows very little sign of wear and is in remarkably good condition. Only very slight rubbing to the surface of the leather, which is most noticeable on the back. The leather on the fold down front has bubbled where the screws beneath have obviously corroded. Chrome and wood are both in very good order.

Original leather case is on very good order. Name of original owner written in pen inside cover.

I also have a 1904 instruction book, which was purchased separately, but matches this camera. The booklet is in good condition, with only minor tears and marking and dated July 1904 on the fly leaf.

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