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Kodak EastmanFolding Autographic Brownie No.2

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1915-1926. 120 film camera. Continuation of the Folding Brownie, but with an "Autographic" feature, which allowed photographers to sign a note on the top of the film (film was special too), which became visible after the film was developed.

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Kodak Eastman: Folding Autographic Brownie No.2 camera

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by bill339 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:35 pm

The camera was introduced in September of 1915 and discontinued in 1926. It used autographic No.A-120 or regular 120 roll film for a picture size of 2 1/4” X 3 1/4" and was manufactured in the US plus UK late in its production. The camera came with either an Achromatic or a Rapid Rectilinear lens from 1915 to 1923. The Achromatic lens and the Rapid Rectilinear less was coupled with the ball bearing shutter from 1915 to 1923. From 1924 to 1926 they used a Kodex shutter and in 1925 to 1926 you could have a Kodar f/7.9 lens with a Kodex shutter. A UK variation had an Anastigmat f/6.3 lens with a Kodex shutter in 1926. The numbers made are unknown but 540,000 were produced before 1921 at an original price of $10.13 and you could buy a carrying case for $1.25. The camera has black imitation leather covering, two position reflecting finder plus foot for portrait or landscape, sliding bed focusing with two lock positions (8’ plus 100’ from serial number 1,001 on), autographic port with metal writing pin, and a frame view port in the back of the camera. The camera had a style change to the Autographic attachment in 1916 after serial number 53,501 found on the back of the foot support locking lever. It also changed in 1917 from square ended cases to round from serial number 133,301 on. In 1919 the support foot shape changed from shallow S cure to shallow C curve from serial number 375,601 on.

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by Williamlee111 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:44 am

I read your description of the camera and as I collect Kodak cameras I am familiar with most of this. I don't leave my cameras on the Shelf I shoot 127 brownies 620 s and 120 film in the cameras that I have. My question is can you still use the auto graphic pen and Scribe the back of the film as you used to? I've heard that the 127 takes special film but I can't find any answers as to whether I can autograph the film. I have three or four cameras with auto graphic capability and would like to know if this is possible thanks.

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by bill339 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:11 pm

The system was patented by Henry Jacques Gaisman, inventor and safety razor manufacturer. George Eastman purchased the rights for US$300,000. It consisted of a tissue-like carbon paper sandwiched between the film and the paper backing. Text was entered using a metal stylus, and would appear in the margin of the processed print. The system was never very popular, and was discontinued in 1932. This information was gleaned from Wikipedia.

I am sorry but the answer is you need the "A" designated film like A116, A118, A120, A122, A123, A126, A127, and A130. I do not know of any available, old or new.

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by Williamlee111 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:14 pm

Bummer, but thanks for all the great info I really appreciate it

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