|A B and C
Ordinary Kodak Cameras c1893
Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, U.S.A.
The A, B and C Ordinary Kodak cameras were the only Kodak box cameras made without the leather
covering. Introduced in 1891 and discontinued 1895.
The name “Ordinary” was a way to distinguish them from other Kodak box cameras like the Daylight model made during the same period.
The Ordinary Kodaks were made in a small quantity, only c 2000 examples made per
model. According to the Kodak camera order book, demand for the Ordinary cameras was not large, so 150 A,
600 B and 475 C Ordinary cameras were converted to Daylight
(ref. George Eastman House)
|The A Ordinary Kodak is the smallest taking 24 pictures on roll film, picture size 2 ¾ x 3 ¼”. It is the only Ordinary model missing a view
finder, instead it have V sighting lines on top and on one side.
String set sector
shutter, Achromatic lens, no stops.
The B Ordinary Kodak is the middle size taking 24 pictures on roll film, picture size
3 ½ x 4”. Equipped with one view finder, and V sighting line on top
of the camera.
String set sector shutter, Achromatic lens with wheel stops
The C Ordinary Kodak is the largest taking 24 pictures 4 x 5” on roll film.
Equipped with two view finders. String set sector shutter. Achromatic lens with wheel stops.
The C Ordinary was also offered with a glass plate holder.
New features introduced with the A B C Kodaks were the film counter and the automatic lock witch prevents turning too much or too little film into position.
here for a BIG
image of the Ordinary cameras with the front's removed
Oops! Too late to develope this A size roll
C Ordinary roll film back removed
All cameras are marked with the same four patent dates, here are
links to the USPTO patents:
Aug 6 1889
408596, Nov 12 1889
414735, July 29 1890
433020, Aug 5 1890
The 1894 Kodak Catalogue reference
The 1892 Kodak C Ordinary Manual