Spencer and Sierra, here is a photo of a press corp in the 1920’s. You can see one large film camera to the left and the rest are photo camera mounted on tripods. I had some trouble finding a group photo of this specifically from 1929, but the photos of the cameras themselves are from the year, but the long accordian style zoom are characteristic of the cameras from about 1928 to 1933 when Kodak started making smaller cameras that were very popular and easy to move. The Vanity Camera came in five colors. The last two photos are the Voigtlander Avus Folding Press Camera. As in the Kodak, you can see that the lens folds like an accordion into the body of the camera, giving it that large presence. I think we’ve been thinking of the camera as being large, bulky cameras, but these newer models were designed for mobility, especially for the press, keeping in mind the need to zoom, which is where the length comes from. If you need any more specifics, I know a guy who I could get you in touch with, he used to be the university photographer and has a large knowledge of historic cameras.



“Vanity Kodak Camera at Historic Camera – History Librarium.” Vanity Kodak Camera at Historic Camera – History Librarium. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2017. <;.


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