Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Premoette Junior No 1 Camera

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: Premoette Junior No 1
Type: Folding (filmpack)
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Country of Origin: US
Construction: The Premoette cameras were a series of aluminium bodied, leather covered, folding cameras for filmpacks, made in various sizes. An unusual design feature is that the bed does not fold down to 90 degrees and there is no track for the lens standard to extend on; rather the lens standard clips into one of several slots at the front of the bed, corresponding to different focusing positions.
Production Period: 1913 - 1923

The Premoette Junior was introduced in 1911, but became the No 1 in 1913 when the No 1A for larger 2½" x 4¼" was introduced alongside it.

Plate / Film Size: 2¼" x ¼" filmpacks
Lens: Simple Achromatic (as marked on the box)
Shutter: Kodak ball bearing shutter (T, B, 25, 50)
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1915
Serial Number: Serial number is difficult to read but looks like 87779.
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 47

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The Premoette Junior No 1 is a leather covered aluminium-bodied folding bed cameras for filmpacks.

The latest patent of a series written inside the ear door is July 8 1913. Marked as "Eastman Kodak successor to Rochester Optical Co."


The Premoette cameras are uncommon in the US and turn up infrequently in Europe. Their condition can vary widely, largely depending on whether the aluminium body has started to oxidise, which often leads in turn to the leather coming away or breaking up as it dries out.