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1A Gift Kodak Camera And Box, ca. 1930

This is a Camera and box. It was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague and manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company. It is dated ca. 1930 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is leather-covered metal, chrome-plated and enameled metal, glass (camera); lacquered cedar, chrome-plated and enameled metal (case). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Walter Dorwin Teague redesigned the standard black camera housing for Kodak by introducing a range of colors and patterns, most vibrant in the overlapping geometries of the Gift Kodak Camera, released for the 1930 Christmas season.

This object was donated by George R. Kravis II. It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

Our curators have highlighted 8 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Lens Bowl, 1932
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  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (camera, closed): 9.5 × 20.9 × 4 cm (3 3/4 × 8 1/4 × 1 9/16 in.) H x W x D (camera, open): 20.8 × 9.5 × 16.8 cm (8 3/16 × 3 3/4 × 6 5/8 in.) H x W x D (box and lid): 6.2 × 22.5 × 11.2 cm (2 7/16 × 8 7/8 × 4 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On inside of camera cover: metal plate enameled with "NO.1A GIFT KODAK / MADE IN U.S. BY EASTMAN KODAK CO. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.". On inside of film chamber: "USE KODAK FILM 116" followed by decal with image of yellow film canister and box, and list of patent numbers.

Cite this object as

1A Gift Kodak Camera And Box, ca. 1930; Designed by Walter Dorwin Teague (American, 1883–1960); leather-covered metal, chrome-plated and enameled metal, glass (camera); lacquered cedar, chrome-plated and enameled metal (case); H x W x D (camera, closed): 9.5 × 20.9 × 4 cm (3 3/4 × 8 1/4 × 1 9/16 in.) H x W x D (camera, open): 20.8 × 9.5 × 16.8 cm (8 3/16 × 3 3/4 × 6 5/8 in.) H x W x D (box and lid): 6.2 × 22.5 × 11.2 cm (2 7/16 × 8 7/8 × 4 7/16 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2015-41-2-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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