Kodak No 1 Camera

c. 1891 in Rochester

Kodak Number 1
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Kodak No 1 camera, manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co 1889 to1895. Box camera for factory loaded film, 100 exposures. 2 1/2" diameter / rapid rectilinear lens, fixed aperture and focus, sector type shutter, cocked by string, with attached lens plug. Serial No 10275 embossed in top and rear of camera body.

Kodak No 1 camera, made by the Eastman Kodak Company in the United States, from 1889 to 1895.

The Kodak No 1 was Kodak’s second camera, the first simply called ‘Kodak’. The No 1 was produced from 1889 to 1895 and differs slightly from the original, featuring an easily removable lens board, and an improved sector shutter. The shutter was set by pulling a string and tripped by pressing a button on the side. After exposure, the film was wound to the next frame using a key.


Photographic Technology
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brass (copper, zinc alloy), felt, glass, leatherette, metal (unknown), string and wood (unidentified)
roll film camera
  • tools and equipment
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  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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