Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 3 Cartridge Kodak Camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 3 Cartridge Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wooden body with fold down front that forms the baseboard for the lens standard. Primarily designed for rollfilm, but plate adapters were also available. Two brilliant finders; handle fixed to top carrying the name of the camera.
Several different shutters were fitted during its production and a variety of lenses were available, although normally fitted with a Rapid Rectilinear.
Movements: Rising and cross front.
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Plate / Film Size: 119 rollfilm (4" x 3"); optional plate adapter.
Production Period: 1900 - 1907

The No 3 Cartridge Kodak is the smallest and least common of the three Cartridge Kodak cameras, although they are all essentially of the same design but for different picture sizes.

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Model / Variant: Model E
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: Eastman Triple Action Pneumatic (valve below)
Date of this Example: 1901 - 1903
Serial Number: Serial #7218 stamped into underside of camera body.
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 438

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Description

No 3 Cartridge Kodak camera in good order with only mild scarring and marking to leather covering, which still retains a good original colour. The bellows are in good condition and a good solid dark maroon colour. Leather work in good condition with only minor damage and scuffing. Handle intact and in good order with clear marking of the camera name.

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Model / Variant: Model E
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: Eastman Triple Action Pneumatic (valve below)
Date of this Example: 1901 - 1903
Serial Number: Serial #7616 stamped into underside of camera body.
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 143

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Description

No 3 Cartridge Kodak camera that is generally in good condition, with some scarring and marking to leather covering. Leather over opening button needs to be treated with care as it is thinning. Handle intact.

This example came equipped with a pneumatic bulb (perhaps not original?), and a contemporary oak tripod, but not marked with any particular manufacturer.

Notes

All of the No 3 Cartridge Kodak cameras that I have owned have been this particular model. The later version with the Kodak Automatic shutter should not be impossible to find, but I have as yet to see an example of the very first model, which had a much simpler lens standard and lacked rack and pinion focussing that is found on the later two variants.

The easiest of the Cartridge Kodaks to find is the No 4 Cartridge Kodak; the larger No 5 Cartridge Kodak is not quite so common but turns up from time to time. The No 3 Cartridge Kodak is the more difficult size to find on the collectors market.