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No. 1A Kodak Jr.

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:

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It's a No. 1A Autographic Kodak Jr. camera - for sale for $2.

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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?

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Mine still has its stylus - a very stylish piece of metal!

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I need to clean her up and read all about how to modify the film. I'm so excited!

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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!


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That's GORGEOUS! It's the kind of thing I might not have patience to learn or work to use, but it would look lovely on my shelf. Those kind of things make me happy to see :)


That camera looks amazing. I'm looking forward to what you do with it.


What a great find, maya! That is so cool! I really wish I had some of my dad's old camera equipment. My half brother got it all and he passed it on to his daughter. I don't know if she kept it or not.

Heather H.

What a wonderful treasure to have found. We have an old Argus C3 rangefinder camera that belonged to my husband's grandfather. We have a lot of pictures that he took with it too. Someday I would like to learn to use it.

Jude Cowell

how very groovy!


Swooneroo! I love old cameras!

Kelly (thegreenknitter)

I nabbed a Brownie Hawkeye a few years ago at a thrift store in Tampa. That said my grandma’s argoflex seventy-five twin lens is the crème de la crème. She lets me tinker with it whenever I have the urge to hold something beautiful.

Ps – It still works whenever I feel inspired enough to modify some 120 film.


what a score! Its wonderful! I have a shelf of different ones. I love them


She's a beauty! What a find. :)

melody is slurping life

I get SO excited over these finds, even if they're not mind. Oooooo...


Very cool! I have two, not so old:


Thanks so much for posting it--and for the twitter conversation around it! It inspired me to dig out my 3A and post photos of it, as well: old kodak

Debbie T

I have a camera like that one...I had it 'opened' and on display, but packed it to move. Now, I can't get it to open up and un-fold...can you help me?

Janet Doherty

I have one as well, from my father in law...having the same problem getting it open. Can you share as to how you opened???

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