Monday, February 17, 2014

Kodak Junior Six-20 Series III Camera

The Kodak Junior Six-20 Series III Camera was on the market in 1938 and 1939. I definitely know that my grandfather on my father's side owned this camera because his name is imprinted on its case. He was overseas during World War II so I'm sure this camera was well used during that time.

This camera is quite nice and in remarkably good condition. It was made in Canada.

Here is the camera all folded up for storage and travel. The metal plate that says, KODAK, hinges open to provide a support. The serial number is engraved on its back. The front opens to become the base. Though I didn't try it our, I think the hole is the right size and thread to be mounted on a tripod.

This shows the two piece viewfinder folded down. One button can activate the shutter release. The other one opens up the camera. The large knob is for advancing the film.

This is the camera back. The circular metal plate hinges to the side where a red window tells the number of the picture on the film roll.

There is a screw that can be undone with a small coin. I have no idea what it's for and I'm not about to open it to find out.

The button underneath the carrying strap slides to the side allowing the back of the camera to hinge open for loading and unloading film.

This shows the hinge.

This is what happens with the camera when the button is pressed opening it.

The bellows is fully extended here and the hinged foot has been deployed.

You can see the button and sprung catch that holds the camera shut.

Depressing the metal plate just under the front of the lens releases the bellows so the camera can be folded up.

The metal plate under the lens is just readable with the lens slightly folded away. It says, KODAK JR. SIX-20 SERIES III MADE IN CANADA BY CANADIAN KODAK CO. LIMITED TORONTO, ONT.

This shows the two piece viewfinder folded up.

This shows the two piece viewfinder deployed.

This shows the controls for focusing the lens and setting its F-stops.

This shows the camera back opened up.

Here is the red glass for viewing the back of the film. The label tells what film can be used. The sprung metal plate holds the film on the proper focal plane for taking pictures.

The metal spool on the right would be moved to the right and the new film roll would go there. The knob on the left engages the spool for advancing the film. There are rollers on either side slightly proud of the film spools serving to maintain the position of the film at the proper focal plane.

This shows the back of the bellows with the camera open. The interior of the bellows is non reflective, ensuring no unwanted light gets to the surface of the film when a picture is taken.

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