Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Camera

Kodak Vest Pocket cameras were first introduced in 1914 for producing postcards. On the Autographic models, a stylus stored at the back of the camera allowed for marking negatives with information, dates, or titles. These cameras remained popular for decades, including many models marketed to soldiers and families for capturing memories during the World War I and II eras.
From its invention in 1839, the camera has evolved to fit many needs, from aerial to underwater photography and everything in between. Cameras allow both amateur and professional photographers to capture the world around us. The Smithsonian’s historic camera collection includes rare and unique examples of equipment, and popular models, related to the history of the science, technology, and art of photography.
Currently not on view
date made
Eastman Kodak Company
Place Made
United States: New York, Rochester
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 12 cm x 6.1 cm x 8 cm; 4 3/4 in x 2 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Norman Wootton
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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