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Kodak N°2 Folding Autographic Brownie
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2019-01-26 par Francois Landais.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from (Circa) 1924 to 1926.
Index of rarity in France: Frequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 318

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Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

An “Autographic” is recognized easily with the dorsal trap door which makes it possible “to write” directly on the film thanks to the small metal stylet.
The n°2 Folding Autographic Brownie launched in 1915. It uses a film 120. Its body is rectangular. In January 1917, the angles of the body are rounded. It is the case of the model photographed.

The successive evolutions of the models are as follows :

 

Dates Objectif / lens Obturateur / shutters
1915-1923 Meniscus Achromatic Kodak Ball Bearing
1915-1923 Rapid Rectiliner f8 Kodak Ball Bearing
1924-1926 Meniscus Achromatic Kodex
1924-1926 Rapid Rectiliner Kodex
1925-1926 Kodar f7.9 Kodex

On my specimen, the Kodex shutter (thus after 1924) made the exposure with one and two times, the 1/25 and 1/50 sec.



The Photo-Plait catalog of 1925 (P 39) mentions a certain number of possible variants, according to the lens:



To the collectors: always check the presence of the metal stylet to the back of the camera before acquiring it. For my part, I never saw stylet to be sold separately.

Kodak N°2 Folding Autographic Brownie