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85/497 Camera, 'Bullet', Bakelite / glass / metal, made by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, United States of America, 1936-1942. Click to enlarge.

Eastman Kodak 'Bullet' camera.

Made
George Eastman patented his first Kodak camera in 1889 with the slogan: 'You press the button we do the rest'. Over the next century Kodak cameras revolutionised photography by reducing costs and making simple but high quality camera's available to non-professionals. This is one of those cameras.

The earliest Kodak's were simple box cameras which were sent to a local dealer after all the shots on the film inside were taken. The dealer developed the film and sent the photographs and the …

Summary

Object No.

85/497

Object Statement

Camera, 'Bullet', Bakelite / glass / metal, made by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, United States of America, 1936-1942

Physical Description

Camera, 'Bullet', Bakelite / glass / metal, made by Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, United States of America, 1936-1942

A camera with a black Bakelite body and circular lens that can be extended by turning the round Bakelite barrel that frames the lens. The metal viewfinder can be folded down against the top of the camera when it is not in use. There is a metal winder on the top of the camera. In the middle of the back of the camera there is a round, red tinted window.

Marks

Text in the Bakelite framing the lens reads 'BULLET CAMERA'. Text embossed into the surface of the Bakelite on the back of the camera reads 'MADE IN USA BY EASTMAN KODAK CO ROCHESTER NY'.

Dimensions

Height

70 mm

Width

125 mm

Depth

45 mm

Production

Notes

This camera was made by Eastman Kodak in America 1936-1942.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of F Sykes, 1985

Acquisition Date

29 April 1985

Cite this Object

Harvard

Eastman Kodak 'Bullet' camera. 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 10 May 2021, <https://ma.as/48991>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display in Technology & Innovation at the Museums Discovery Centre.