This was back in November 2017. As soon as I signed on for the Mystery Mountain expedition with Canadian EH Society I went searching for an authentic camera from the 1920's. There were many models being sold online. "What type of camera did the Munday's have in 1926", I asked myself. I scoured their published books for descriptions or references but they offered nothing specific. I couldn't with certainty find out exactly what model they had. I searched archive photos as clues. Wow, this was going to require a bit more research than I thought.
Digging up the past
Turning to the history of Kodak I learned that The Eastman Kodak company in the early 20th century had dozens of camera models. See the list here. It was a bit confusing to find what camera the Munday's had based on appearance alone. I've read the books by the Munday's telling of their travels but they never mentioned what type of camera they had. In fact they carried at least two cameras, a still photographic camera and a video camera that of course took silent movies.
This model I selected has rounded corners but the Munday's camera had square corners. I worried whether it was it the same? I surmised that it was because the No. 2A Folding Autographic model changed its silhouette in 1917. My camera that I found on ebay was originally purchased in 1921. I know this because it had the original purchase receipt. The Munday's must have purchased their camera before 1917. A reasonable assumption. See some photos of the Munday's from BC archives here.
Do we have chemistry together?
Ok, so we found each other; I found someone selling it for a good price. The attraction was there; you looked good baby. But do we have chemistry to make it work? What type of film are you into and can I find it for your today?
Photographic film types also used come in dozens of sizes. Today that has dwindled down to a few formats. Luckily the 120 format film is still produced today.
Yes, you are my No.2.
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