Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Kodak Boy Scout Camera (UK Model)

Kodak Limited

Name: Boy Scout Kodak
Manufacturer: Kodak Ltd
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Construction: The Boy Scout Kodak is based on the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B shell but with green crackle finish and black bellows and a metal enamelled faceplate showing the Boy Scout emblem.
Production Period: 1931-35

 

Model / Variant: UK Model
Plate / Film Size: 127 rollfilm
Lens: Meniscus
Shutter: V.P. Rotary
Movements: None
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1931
Serial Number: Serial 99805 on lens surround.
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 303

Image of Kodak Boy Scout Vest Pocket Camera (UK version)

(Image Amateur Photographer 2011, taken for an article by Ivor Matanle and reproduced with kind permission)

Description

This is a very good example with only minimal signs of wear and paint loss. The enamel front is in very good condition. The crackle finish shows no obvious signs of wear and the metalwork is bright. There is just minor rubbing on the outer black edges. The bellows are also in good order and the lens standard moves freely on its track.

This is quite different to the Boy Scout Kodak produced in the US. The US version has green leatherette covering as against the green crackle finish used in the UK, has green bellows while the UK version has black and the metal edging is in matching green while on the UK model it is black enamel. The insignia are also different of course.

Original leather case with emblem on front face. This well worn around its edges, with some loss of colour, but has clearly protected the camera very well.

"How to Take Pictures with the Boy Scout and Girl Guide Kodaks". This is in poor condition. All pages are present, but it has been repaired throughout with sellotape. The final two pages show some damage from damp as they have stuck together at some time in the past.

Notes

When looking for a good example, check the condition of the black enamelled metal edge work. This can often chip and will then rust, which can reduce its value and detract from its quality as a display item.

There is an equivalent UK Girl Guide camera. The picture below shows the Girl Guide and Boy Scout cameras side by side, along with their matching cases and instructions.

Image of Kodak Girl Guide and Boy Scout Cameras

(Image Amateur Photographer 2011, taken for an article by Ivor Matanle and reproduced with kind permission)