Friday, July 17, 2015

My grandmother's Kodak Autographic: Storytime

If your camera could tell a story, what do you think it would be?

My Grandmother's Pocket Kodak No. 1 series II

The Pocket Kodak No. 1 series II was manufactured from 1922 to 1936. Since my grandmother was married in 1934, and she had this camera engaged with her maiden name, I can only assume that the camera was purchased before then. The original cost of the camera was $22.50. The film it used was A120 which produced photographs which were 6 x 9 cm (inch = 2.54 cm; so these pictures are approximately 2.5 x 3.5 inches.)

My Grandmother, Eliza with her brother Donovan
Since Donovan died at the age of 19 on March, 8, 1927, this photograph must have been taken right before he died. 

The following are various photographs taken with this camera. Interestingly, my grandmother did not use the autographic feature to write on the photographs she took.

Pauline Garza Patten, my grandmother's mother

Although Eliza graduated from Howard University in 1932; she
study for a year at Fisk University in Tennessee

Eliza (on Left) with Friends

Eliza (on Left) with More Friends