Technical Information

Camera and Film


 
I believe that the camera used by Raymond Brooks was a 1905 Kodak Folding Brownie, Model 3. The negatives I have came in a Kodak Negative Album [1914 price $1.00], which had 4 pages of Index and 100 glassine sleeves. Because they were hand separated at various slight angles, the ability to join many of the negatives is possible. With 10 negatives found from the same roll, the film he used appears to be a 12 exposure, type '124' roll film. Also available in 1914, were 6 and 4 exposure rolls. The shorter rolls may not have been in use when these images were taken. In 1905 there was no numbering of the film types, that didn't start until 1913. To get a roll of film, you had to specifiy the camera brand and model! About 1914, that 12 exposure roll of film would have cost 15 cents! Developing was available at 70 cents, with prints at 7 cents each.
 
The No. 3 Folding Brownie Camera was manufactured by the Eastman Kodak Company from 1905 to 1915. Constructed of wood with imitation leather covering and either maroon or black bellows. Typically features include a meniscus achromatic lens (optional rapid rectilinear lens) and brownie ball bearing shutter, two tripod sockets, a reversible finder, automatic focusing lock, Capable of taking 12 exposures, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches, on No. 124 film. The camera measures 8 3/8 x 4 5/8 x 2 5/8 inches when closed and weighs 25 ounces. Originally priced at $9.00. Courtesy of HistoricCamera.com

KODAKS and Kodak Supplies - 1914

No. 3 Folding Brownie
Always an efficient camera, the capabilities of the No. 3 Folding Brownie have been still further increased by the addition of the Brownie Ball Bearing shutter. This shutter, made upon the same principle as the Kodak Ball Bearing, with its star-shaped opening and smooth, accurate action, makes the camera especially effective for snap-shot work. No. 3 Folding Brownies are well made, dependable cameras in every respect, they have the simplicity and daylight-all-the-way feature of their big cousins, the Kodaks, and offer the choice of either double or single lens equipment. Illustration shows camera with single lens.

In Detail
For rectangular pictures, 3 4 inches. Capacity, 12 exposures without reloading. Size of camera, 83/8 45/8 25/8 inches. Weight, 25 ounces. Lens, meniscus achromatic, 5-inch focus. Shutter, Brownie Ball Bearing. (See page 7.) Automatic focusing lock. Two tripod sockets. Reversible finder.

The Price
No. 3 Folding Brownie Camera, meniscus achromatic lens. Brownie Ball Bearing shutter ... $ 9.00
Ditto, with R. R. lens and Brownie Ball Bearing shutter ... 11.00
No. 3 Folding Brownie Carrying Case ... 1.00
N. C. Film Cartridge, 12 exposures, 3 4 (No. 124) ... .70
Ditto, 6 exposures ... .35
Ditto, "double-two" cartridge, 4 exposures ... .25
Kodak Portrait Attachment ... .50
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