Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Kodak Boy Scout Camera (US Model)

Eastman Kodak Company

Name: Boy Scout Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Ltd
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: The Boy Scout Kodak is based on the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B shell but with olive drab coloured leatherette and green bellows and a metal enamelled faceplate showing the Boy Scout emblem.
Production Period: 1931-35

 

Model / Variant: US 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: None
Availability:
  • Common [ ]
  • Uncommon [x]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 170

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Description

American version of the Boy Scout Kodak with vertical stripes and American Eagle emblem, which is repeated on the leather case. This is quite different to the Boy Scout Kodak produced in the UK by Kodak Ltd. The US version has olive drab 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 boy scout insignia are also different of course.

Original olive drab case, in good condition, although the inside is a little ragged.

Original booklet "Picture Taking with the Boy Scout Kodak", in good order with only minor tears and folding on edges of cover.

Notes

The US version does not turn up often in the UK unless being sold by another collector. Prices vary, but they are quite sought after.

There is an equivalent US Girl Scout camera.