Laurance Hofman, another local photographer and friend of mine ( check out her website at http://www.laurencehofman.com) recently uncovered an old camera that previously belonged to her grandfather. Laurance is fully immersed in the digital age and is busy designing websites and bringing up her son, so doesn't have the time / can't be arsed to figure out if this thing actually still takes pictures. I on the other hand, obviously have far too much time on my hands and couldn't resist taking this out and seeing if there is still life left in it.
First, I had to do a bit of research. The camera was know as a No.1 A Autographic Kodak Junior and produced by the company Eastman Kodak roughly sometime between 1915 and 1925. It was designed to use a film size 116 which I assume must have been the Betamax of its day. This posed a small problem in trying to get regular medium format 120 film to fit in the back. I rectified this by chopping up a mouse mat to make little sponge holders for the 120 film to sit snugly in the back of the camera.
Film in the camera, I went out and filled a roll in no time. I came home and processed the film immediately with high expectations only to be rewarded with a blank roll. I had to assume light was getting into the camera somehow, so I stuck in another roll and used black electricians tape to cover up any possible cracks and gave the camera another outing. I came home and processed the roll and was excited to see that there was something registered on the negatives.
I managed to fit five exposures on the film roll. Admittedly, three of them were pretty bad but two I'm quite happy with. I was determined to at least get one image out of the camera, so two images is a result.