Posted 5 years ago
This story is from Lyle Curr (Ozdak):
the Kodak Galactic. It is subject to exactly the same story as the Challenger , but as it was not introduced until 1988 ,
so one wonders why someone would associate its demise with the Challenger disaster of at least 2 years earlier.
While it appears to be “just another Kodak 110”, the Galactic is a rare camera, and little information is known about
it. I acquired my Galactic almost accidentally, bidding on it in the very early days of Ebay where it was listed as
just “ Kodak camera”.I really had no idea what it was , but it was a Kodak camera I did not have and I got it for
a song.I bought it from a man in the US who claimed he had been a Kodak salesman in the late 80’s, and had
been given a Galactic outfit as a sales sample and had actually taken orders from his round of camera shops and labs.
But , he said, the Galactic never actually went into production, and he just kept the sample. By the time I realized
what it was I had , all information regarding his ID etc had been lost. Enquiries to what used to be the patent
museum at Kodak in Rochester suggested this may have been the case with this little camera, but anecdotally only,
as there were no records of it.
So, the Galactic outfit is little known even today in Kodak collectors circles, and mine is actively sought after
by a few of the more serious Kodak 110 seekers.(Yes, there are many such people out there!)
But it is the outfit they seek , most have a single camera.
So the Kodak Galactic goes down as one of those cameras that myths arise from!