A couple of weeks ago I stopped into an antique store to look around. I found lots of fun things - like a little red plastic spinning wheel about 12 inches tall. It was a toy for kids and the box said that it really works. It was funny, quite the novelty item, but I didn't buy it.
I also found some old bobbins and a set of hand carders that had once been used in spinning cotton, but I didn't get those either.
There were some old wooden spools of thread. I always think they're so pretty. They were very inexpensive, but I left them there for someone else to find.
They also had a red glass vase that would match the one I have from my grandmother. I thought I might get that so I'd have a matching set, but then I saw this:
It's a No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr. camera - for sale for $2.
They don't make the film for it anymore. I'll have to modify another kind of film to see if it works. But I don't care. Because even if it doesn't work or I never get around to it - look at it! It's glorious.
Inside, the last date for patents it has printed is 1921. This little fold-down part on the back is where the "autographic" comes in. The film that was made for the camera had a layer of carbon paper and after you took a shot, you could just open this window, take out the little stylus, and write notes onto the film. Handy, yes?
Mine still has its stylus - a very stylish piece of metal!
I need to clean her up and read all about how to modify the film. I'm so excited!
Do you have any old cameras around your house? Do you use them? I'd love to see photos!
I found a second camera at the shop that I also bought. I'll tell you about that one another day.
Have a great week!