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Kodak No. 3 Folding Pocket Kodak, Model E2. 118 rollfilm camera, c1904

This No.3 Folding Pocket Kodak E2 is a development of earlier models introduced in 1900 identified by their boxed in leather shutter mechanisms, the E model arrived from 1904. The format is the same as quarter plate at 4.25 x 3.25" but with the convenience of 118 rollfilm. Earliest ones have Bausche and Lombe mechanically governed shutters, later ones switching to Kodak produced shutters. The model number is usually to be found stamped on the inside of the hatch, above the patent numbers. Patent numbers aren't normally a good indicator of age as it takes a while for them to be accepted, However, at this early juncture the pace of change was such that patent numbers were being rapidly created. The latest patent number in the back of this FPK is 1902 with others applied for, the E-2 was introduced in 1904 continuing to 1915, the next patent relating to the FPKs was in 1906, so a date of 1907 ish would seem appropriate, Red bellows went out of fashion around 1910. The camera features rise and fall as well as cross movements, a four position preset focus mechanism and a multi-position leg for use when setting the camera down in landscape format. These early Kodaks use the 1880s Universal System (U.S.) of aperture marking which differs from the now familiar f numbers. The following is the U.S system with the nearest f equivalent in brackets: 4(f/8), 8(f/11), 16 (f/16), 32(f/22), 64(f/32) and 128(f/44). The No.3 FPK evolved into the No. 3 Autographic Kodak.

These attractive early Kodaks are plentiful and cheap, this particular example was a purchased for the collection in 2016 for £30 and was less than two miles from me, I just couldn't stop myself!

 

 

Kodak FPK model E2
Body No. 33838-E
Shutter, Bausche and Lombe, T, B, I, badged at Kodak Automatic
Lens, Bausche and Lombe, 14cm Rapid Rectillinear f/8 (U.S. 4)
Condition, 5F
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