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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Friday's Photo: Granddaddy's Camera

This camera was purchased by my grandmother, Edith Giddens Davis in 1929.
My grandfather, Claude Lewis Davis, used it to take the 1936 selfie in last week's post 

I wasn't going to post a Friday's Photo this week.  I am in Salt Lake City researching family. However, my mother sent me a picture of the camera used to take last week's "1936 selfie" along with a nice description. 

Thank you, Mom, for writing this week's blog post. 

This is the camera Daddy used to take his selfie.  It's a Kodak and uses 116 film. To put in the film, the whole bellows section has to be removed.  The film goes in one end of the camera and is pulled across to the other and attached to the spool there.
If I remember correctly there were usually only 12 exposures per roll.  The numbers show through a small round red window on the back when the film is advanced. The white looking lever to the left of the lens is the shutter button.  I don't know what the silver "tool" to the left of the lever is for.  The cord under the camera is an extension used to trip the shutter when the camera is not being held.  It's very short so Daddy must have attached a cord to the lever itself.  The bellows seems to be in good condition but there must be a few leaks in it somewhere.  

The last photos we took were cloudy.  I believe Mom bought it in 1929 and it has a carrying case - primitive when compared with today's modern cameras and iPhones.


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