Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 3 Flush-Back Kodak Camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: No 3 Flush-Back Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Co.
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: This is essentially a No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak but factory fitted with a special recessed combination plate back taking a single metal plate holder. This kept the thickness of the model to about the same as the standard rollfilm version, whereas the addition of the optional combination back added about 1cm to the overall depth of the camera.
Production Period: 1908 - 1915

The No 3 Flush-Back Kodak was only sold in Europe through Kodak Ltd. Coe suggests that this was produced to compete with Butcher's Flush-Back Carbine camera, introduced in 1906.

Plate / Film Size: 118 rollfilm (3" x 4") or plates
Lens: Rapid Rectilinear
Shutter: 3 FPK Automatic (B & L)
Movements: Rising front
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1910
Serial Number: 1000
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [x]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 180

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Description

The No 3 Flush-Back Kodak camera was manufactured from 1908 to 1915, with about 12000 made. This is serial #1000, hence derived estimated date.

This examples shows some wear to the velvet that forms the seal under the back, and a little corrosion on the inner metal work. The leather covering is in very good condition. There is some limited corrosion (green verdigris) on lens standard. Minor lifting of leather on leading edge of platform. Good solid red bellows.

Notes

This variant of the No 3 Folding Pocket Kodak is quite difficult to find and clearly is more likely to turn up in Europe than in the US.