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EASTMAN KODAK - N°2 Stereo-Kodak (1901-1905)

First of a series of 4 stereo cameras ever produced by Kodak, the N°2 Stereo-Kodak is an extremely rare camera. The legend says that only 2500 cameras of this type have been produced. I never found confirmation of that in my Kodak's archives, but the fact is this camera is not so often available for sale. More, the camera presented here has the serial number 181 which makes it one of the oldest models of this series still existing.

N°2 Stereo-Kodak (1901-1905)

This camera was introduced in US in October 1901, to be discontunued in this country in 1905. However, in his book "Kodak Cameras - The first hundred years", Brian Coe mentions this camera remained available in UK until 1908.

This camera is imposing by its size (205 x 120 x 190 cm) and its massive aspect.
Located on the front side of the camera, three big holes attract immediately your attention. The upper one is linked to a mirror reflecting the framing in a viewfinder located on the top of the camera.

The two other holes are encircling the two lenses Rapid Rectilinear. The lens of the left handside can be obturated with an sliding door. This system allowed to shoot in non-stereoscopique mode.

On the back of the camera are two other windows, each one covered with light filter. These windows  allowed to read the view numbers written on the back of the film. The window to use was depending on the selected shooting mode (mono or stereoscopique).

On the top of the camera is a solid handle (still available on the camera presented here) on which is written "Eastman Kodak & Co - N°2 Stereo-Kodak - Rochester N.Y. USA". 

On the right of the viewfinder, you can find successively : a spirit level allowing to adjust the seating of the camera during the framing and the large wing nut of the advance film knob.

The shutter is a special version of the Eastman Automatic (double flip-flop guillotine) which does not need to be wind on. Two triggers are located on the top of the camera. One is engraved "T" for Time exposure. The other one without label, is used for instant pictures.

This camera was using a film format 101 giving 90 x 90 mm negatives.

The story of this camera is one of the most touching I have been able to hear. A long time ago, this camera was discovered by the Antibes' station master (France). It was forgotten on a bench by an absent-minded traveller who never came back to ask for it... As a result, this orphan camera found a host family in the house of this good station master,

An impish little girl was living in that family. She was immediately captivated by the venerable old camera, seeing in the two holes of its lenses, two eyes which were watching her. Curiously, she became as good as gold... In memory of this childish belief, the station master, her grand-father, offered this camera to the little girl when she became an adult.

I'm sure, the former little girl will often visit this page in order to contemplate her camera. I do believe this one will no longer induce any fear to her but most surely, it will remind her the pleasant memory of her beloved grand-father.

Thank Agnès for your faith in me... 

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