Through the eyes of an 1894 Kodak Panoram No. 1

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Take a look at this image:
KATHLEEN MCFADDEN
  • Kathleen McFadden
Nice, right? Sharp, clear, colorful, even panoramic. It was taken just this winter with a 120-year-old Kodak Panoram No. 1 by local artist and founder of Range Gallery Kathleen McFadden.

McFadden only uses film in her photography, and like a lot of photogs, enjoys shooting with vintage cameras (including an 1960s Diana, and a 1927 Kodak Brownie). Yet this piece is among her oldest, which she describes as a "little jewelbox." McFadden had the bellows replaced, the exterior spruced up and the insides widened a bit to accommodate modern 120 mm film.

"I think it's probably the only operational one, taking current 120mm film, in existence," McFadden says by email. "They're pretty rare."

Blogger Cameramonkey agrees that this is an unique — and intuitive — camera for users, and per Camerapedia, it's a part of a family of swing-lens panoramics from Eastman Kodak made between 1899-1928. The No. 1 was discontinued in 1926.

In 1910, the No. 1 model went for $10; an extra $1.75 got you a black leather carrying case and shoulder strap.

McFadden currently has three 17 by 54-inch images taken from her No. 1 at the gallery, as well as panoramic cards for sale.

"I just love the old stuff," McFadden writes, "bringing something back to life, seeing how it sees the modern world. Neato."
The No. 1 itself. - KATHLEEN MCFADDEN
  • Kathleen McFadden
  • The No. 1 itself.

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