Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Kodak Girl Scout Camera (US Model)

Eastman Kodak Company

Name / Model: Girl Scout Kodak
Manufacturer: Eastman Kodak Company
Country of Origin: USA
Construction: The Girl Scout Kodak is based on the Vest Pocket Kodak Model B shell but with green coloured leatherette and green bellows and a metal enamelled faceplate showing the Girl Scout emblem.
Production Period: 1929-34

 

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: 391

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Description

American Girl Scout Kodak with vertical stripes and American Eagle emblem with matching leather case. This is quite different to the Girl Guide Kodak produced in the UK by Kodak Ltd. The US version has green leatherette covering as against the blue 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 is also quite different of course.

Original olive drab case, in good condition.

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 Boy Scout camera.

When this arrived, the bellows were stuck together in their closed up position and lens standard would not pull out. This needs to be worked on with care to release the lens assembly. This has now been done by removing the pivot pin and reshaping the hinge line so that the camera now runs out on the rails. Unfortunately there was some minor damage to the paintwork as a result of this repair.