Posted 4 years ago
After 32 years of collecting there are not many things that come along that deserve an announcement. In fact, not many things come along period. Not that there are not wonderful things to find, it is just so much harder to find the items that you still need. As most of you know, I like things that go together... Might be a particular line of cameras like all the bantams, ponies, signets, vest pockets, league designed cameras or even brownies or it could be an individual camera like to find all the accessories for an ektra, or retina IIIc. Some sets are easier to acquire than others. Some are very difficult if not impossible. Some have been collected by others some have never been collected before. I believe this to be the case with this set of wooden boxes. Although there are many collectors that have been able to assemble all seven of these cameras, I do not believe anyone has assembled a complete set of cameras with their boxes. This could be because no one cares or because it is so hard to do! Either way I am very happy to announce that I have done it!
These are wooden boxes for the first 7 string-sets... Actually, I still need a nice #3jr camera... I bought the #3jr wooden box last weekend! That one completed the set of seven. I never actually thought I would find the #3jr box as it is a fairly scarce model. The Original box and the #1 box are the same label but they have serial numbers that coincide with the different cameras. The lid design is slightly differently as well.
I only have one camera with a serial number that actually matches the serial number written on the box, it is the #4. I believe that is due to the fact that when cameras were sent back to the company for re-loading they were probably returned to the customer in different boxes. I do have a couple duplicate string-set boxes including an original box without a label. This is the list of boxes that are in the pictures.
Figure 1. Complete set of Kodak String-set Wooden Boxes
Figure 2. Original Kodak Camera, #1 Kodak
Figure 3. #2, #3 #3jr
Figure 4. #4, #4jr
For those that are interested, I have posted several pictures of my collection at Flickr.com search for kodakcollector. For more information visit my web site kodakcolelctor.com