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Kodak Retina I type 126
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[manufactured between 1936 and 1937] (Creation)
- Kodak A.G.
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1 piece of photographic equipment : camera ; approx. 7.5 x 12 x 8.4 cm (open)
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Kodak AG is the German branch of the Kodak company. It originated at the end of the 19th century as German branch of Kodak in Berlin, named Eastman Kodak GmbH
Later, in the 20th century, the German Kodak branch became listed at the German stock market, and it bought the independent camera maker Nagel, and its founder Dr. August Nagel became general director of the company when it was bought by Eastman Kodak Company on December 1, 1931. Kodak A.G. Dr. Nagel Werk developed its own line of products including the Kodak Retina Camera. The first Retina camera (Type 117) was introduced in the summer of 1934 along with a new 35mm film Daylight Loading Cartridge (DLC). Dr. August Nagel held the German patent for this new 35mm DLC. This 35mm Daylight Loading Cartridge was designed for the Kodak Retina camera and was also designed to retrofit into existing Leica and Contax cameras. Nagel's son Helmut Nagel led the company after the war.
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Item consists of a Kodak Retina I, model 126. This camera is a 35mm, folding camera, and was one of the first models, along with similar model 119, of the Retina I to be introduced my Kodak AG, the German branch of the Eastman Kodak Company. The 126 model differs from the 119 only by it's chrome trim. The Retinas were the first cameras introduced by Kodak to use 35mm format film. The item has a Kodak Anastigmat 1:3.5 f=5cms lens and a Kodak Compur-Rapid leaf shutter with speeds 1-1/500 + T and B.
Note inside with directions on how to load film.
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Item is from the PPCM donation, accession number 2013.002. Moved to the Heritage Camera Collection in 2013.