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Kodak Brownie Starlet (capot superieur strie)
France Version française
Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2012-02-24 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in France from 1960 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Very usual (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 299

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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand

Attention, this model should not be confused with Starlet the U.K. which is completely different.
For the general information concerning the French family of Brownie Star, please refer to the page of Starflash.

The shutter has one alone speed and the lens is a meniscus with Focusing fixed of 1,20 m ad infinitum.

Contrary to the other members of the family of Brownie 127 Starsomething, Starlet does not have a built-in flash. It on the other hand is provided with two pins making it possible to fix on side small flash Kodak (Flash C or D).

I noted that this camera very running in the second hand markets, a few years ago, is a little less now. Less, it remains one of the angular stones of the collection of the beginner, would be this only by its price, generally lower than 10 euros .

No one does not announce the existence of two different versions:

  • the first with cap higher made of aluminum, rhombus and striated. The Kodak logo is on the right (by looking at the camera). The legend of the apertures is: 13 buckled Sun and Soleil shining 14
  • the second with cap higher made of aluminum, rhombus and smooth. The Kodak logo is on the left. The legend of the apertures is: 13 color and Noir & white 14.

Mr. Dithurbide (see the Bencini pages) indicates a new difference to me between the two variants of Kodak Brownie Starlet. This difference relates to the plate visible with the bottom of the lens. This plate slides to let pass the light when one appuye on the shutter release.

The model 13 color/14 black and white with thus a logo “simplified” Kodak on the left has a smooth plate whereas the model 13 sun buckled/14 sun shining with its “more traditional” Kodak logo on the right, has as for him a sliding plate whose surface is strewn with small regular holes. This type of coating evokes that of the sliding plate visible with the bottom of the lens of Brownie Flash (French version of Hawkeye).

In 1966 (Natkin catalogs), the starlet was worth 29,50 francs and the flash 19,30 francs . It was also available in outifit to 64,50 francs .

Kodak Brownie Starlet (capot superieur strie)