1915 - 1919 Kodak VPK Autographic - Made in Canada

1915 - 1919 Kodak VPK Autographic - Made in Canada


The Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak was the version advertised as the "Soldier's camera" during World War I. It was very successful, selling 1,750,000 units. It is of the compact strut folding type and has the Rapid Rectilinear lens. The body is made of aluminum sheet with a shiny black enamel paint finish. In 1919 the paint changed to a more crackle type ("Japan Crystal") black paint which shows this camera is was made before 1919. In addition, this camera is a Canadian made version which has a patent date of 1916 further narrowing down the date of manufacture. The camera back has an area through which notes could be written onto the paper backing of the 127 film, the "autographic" feature - invented by Henry J. Gaisman. This camera has it's original stylus as well as the leather case.

In good condition with a couple spots where the leather has come off the bellows. Otherwise, this camera works at all settings and comes with one empty film spool still in it.

Imagine the things this camera has seen and the places it's been.


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