Sunday, July 12, 2009

autographix kodakery

we used to have this neighbor who's father was one of the photographers during the nuremberg trials.  he knew chris was fond of old cameras and gave chris all of his vintage cameras.  it was a really gracious act from a grumpy and sour old guy.  several of them have a lens missing or the bellows aren't in great shape but this one caught my eye.  it's called an autographix and it was probably made sometime in the very early 1900's.  it came in a perfect little thick paper box and it has a special 'window'  and metal stylus that you actually use to write notes on your negatives while the film is still loaded in the camera.  we had written off ever being able to use a lot of these cameras since they use 127 film.  after some sleuthing around on the internet today i found a company in croatia that still makes it! they have infared, too!  i promptly ordered some rolls and they will be here this week.  i can't wait to see how the photos come out....if they come out at all.  it's this great little mystery that takes time to solve with an answer still yet to be decided.  

here you can see the window open for writing. the stylus slips out of the door.

a tiny pamphlet that came with the camera. 

the front of the box.  vest pocket camera.

1 comment:

  1. hi penny,
    it was so nice to meet you last night... i love your blog! i've been reading through your posts. i missed the storm last month because i was out of town, but i heard so much about those eerie clouds. the photos you took of your house that day should be the cover for the next amityville horror movie! here is a link to a 30 second video that james took that day of those clouds:

    he's the one who also did the story for west and clear about the pipelines. if you have time you should watch it and read the comments, as there is proof of how crooked chesapeake is:

    oh, and congratulations on completing a triathlon! how impressive!
    i'd love to see the fig tree and meet your kids sometime!