Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

No 3 Kodak Box Camera

The Eastman Company

Name / Model: No 3 Kodak Camera
Manufacturer: The Eastman Company
Type: Box (rollfilm)
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: Leather covered wood box with string set shutter and integral rollholder. Rack and pinion focus with control on the top face of the camera. Front panel can be removed to provide access to the lens to adjust the aperture and shutter speed. Two rectangular reflecting finder.
Production Period: 1889 - 1897


Plate / Film Size: Darkroom loaded with 60 or 100 exposure rollfilm for 4¼" x 3¼" pictures
Lens: Bausch & Lomb Universal
Shutter: Sector type, string set
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1892
Serial Number: There is an impression of two stamped numbers in the rear panel (outside) that look like they could be "72", but they are very difficult to read clearly.
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Inventory Number: 79

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The No 3 Kodak is a leather covered wooden box for darkroom loaded rollfilm.

This example is in relatively good condition, though showing some signs of cracking and some minor damage to the leather covering. The shutter string has broken, but surprisingly the button has not been lost. The separate lens cover is not present. Film is still loaded in the camera.

This model does not have a counter, which Coe [4] states means that it is dates to 1892 or earlier. It also seems to have a single fixed aperture, while Coe says that the front opens to set the aperture. I cannot see how the aperture can be changed on this model.

Note too that the label inside the front opening carries the name "The Eastman Company". According to Coe, this name was only used between 1889 and 1892 when the company name changed to EKC.


This example was purchased online from a seller in the US.