KODAK FLEXO
1900


Very slightly smaller than the Bull's-Eye models, this also used 101 film to yield 3.5 square photos. Unlike other box-style cameras of the era, the inner assembly doesn't lift out of an otherwise solid box. Instead, the front panel is released by a small latch to tilt forward, which then disengages a tongue-in-groove design for the two sides and back to unfold, with the leather cover serving as hinges.



It uses the same rotary shutter and pull-up aperture tab with three settings as other Kodaks of the time. Produced from 1899 to 1913, 118,800 were made in total. But given the weak leather hinges of the folding design, many were damaged or fell apart over the years. Consequently the survival rate is realtively small. The ratchet for the film take up spool falls out when the spool is removed. This small but critical part must have been easily lost. The original price was $5.


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