In the 1930s Kodak finally started adding color and art deco design elements to what previously been consistently all-black box cameras. While the body of the Six-16 remained all black, the steel-panel front carries a classic 'streamline moderne' design, with curves, angles and lines. Several other moderne-inspired designs followed. It features a “Di-Way” lens with an integral close-up feature (5-10 feet distance) activated by a lever on the front. It used Kodak 616 film, which was a proprietary version of standard 116 to force owners to buy exclusively Kodak film. With modern 3D printed adapters, conventional 120 film can be used today.
This camera is in near-mint condition, no doubt due to long storage in a heavy, silk-lined wooden case. The box fits the camera perfectly, including a pouch for the original instruction manual, but it does not appear to have been made by Kodak. It was likely a custom-made case by a talented woodworker.
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