39. Auto-Graflex SLR Plate Camera, 1907
Signed: 'AUTO GRAFLEX / CURTAIN APERTURE / FOLGER & SCHWING DIVISION / EASTMAN KODAK CO. / ROCHESTER. N.Y.'
Fine example of the large format single lens reflex (SLR) cameras in principle similar to the pre-photographic reflex camera obscura. It has a collapsible viewing hood shading the ground glass focusing screen, and disappearing f4.5 Kodak anastigmat lens of 62 inches (166 mm) focal length, and focal plane shutter, exposing dry-plates 5 x 4 inches (127 x 102 mm). This model is fitted with a rollfilm back. In the 1930s the big SLRs were superseded by the compact twin-lens reflex cameras such as the Rolleiflex and SLRs such as Exacta.
Height 170 mm, width 150 mm, length 190 mm.
Inventory no. 62,136.