Unlike Kodak's common fixed-focus cameras targeted to the general public for "snapshots," the Cartridge No. 4 was a more serious camera, marketed primarily to professionals and very sophisticated amateurs. Priced at a very expensive $25 for this version with standard rectinilear lens, and up to $83 with more complex lenses, the No. 4 took 12 exposures measuring 5”x 4” on very wide film rolls. An optional plate holder for traditional glass plates was available for old-school photographers who still didn't trust celluloid film. It has rise & fall and shift adjustments for the lens panel, as found in higher-end cameras. It is a fairly large camera at 3-1/4" x 6-3/8" x 8-1/4" when closed, and weighs nearly 3 lbs.
The Cartridge No. 4 was manufactured from 1897 to 1907 with several modifications over the years. The serial number and design features of this one indicates it was made in late 1899 or early 1900.
This is accompanied by a pristine original roll of film which expired on December 1, 1900, still sealed and in the original box.
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