Our No. 2 Kodak Photographs

On this page we show some of our 3 1/2" No. 2 Kodak prints. Another page shows prints made with the Original Kodak or No. 1 Kodak. The No. 2 Kodak, produced from 1889 to 1897 used larger and longer rolls of film. Unlike the Original and No. 1 Kodak it had a viewfinder.

On the left is one of our most treasured Kodak #2 prints. It is a cyanotype contact of a young boy standing in "Silver Pond" in 1899. It is one of three images we have of the same woman and child playing in the water. The impression it gives is that the photographer (father?) is standing in the water as well. It feels so spontaneous and unselfconscious. It could be the prototype of the shift in photography that happened in 1888 with the introduction of the Kodak.

Cyanotype or blueprint photographs were popular with amateur photographers in the late 19th and early 20th century. They were easy to make and could be developed and fixed with water. They were also used for proofing as suggested here by the rough cut of the paper and pin holes that show it might have been attached to an envelope or notebook page as a record.

The round mask in the early Kodaks contribute to the casual and offhand framing of many of the images. Below a baby waves from an elaborate wicker carriage while the mother or nurse is cut off by the edge of the round frame. She holds a letter in her hand which suggests she was on her way to the mail box with the baby.
Two little girls sit by the front steps of a large house, perhaps a city row house, holding their dolls. On the steps we see a woman in an apron cut off by the frame. From writing on the back we learn that they are Ruth and Dorothy and were photographed in June of 1890.
Travel photographs are as old as photography. With the introduction of the Kodak the traveler had an option other than to purchase professional photographs of the places visited. In the row below are two mounted prints from a group bought at the same time. The photographs in the group show scenes in Washington DC, London, and Canada. The handwritten notes in the same hand suggest that the photographer was well traveled. On the left is a rear view of the White House and on the right a London Hansom cab. Was the photographer only interested in the cab? The Albert Memorial peeking through the trees seems anticlimactic.

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- The Original Kodak *New 3/2008
- No. 1 Kodak Camera page
- Kodak #1 Photographs page
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