Polyfoto camera

Made:
1933 in London
maker:
Kodak Limited

Polyfoto camera The Polyfoto camera, a repeating back camera first introduced in 1933 by Kodak Ltd
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Polyfoto camera, made by Kodak Limited. For 48 successive exposures on 1/2" plates.The photographer turned a crank handle on the side of the camera, which moved the photographic plate and made the exposure automatically.

The Polyfoto camera, made in England by Kodak Limited, 1933.

Poyfoto provided a portrait photographic service available in many British department stores in the 1930s. The camera has a repeating back which takes 48 ½" square exposures on one plate, all in rapid succession. The photographer simply turned a crank handle on the side of the camera, which moved the photographic plate and made the exposure automatically. As photo booths became more popular after the second world war the Polyfoto fell out of fashion.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/8583
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified) and steel (metal)
type:
plate camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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