Have 3 old fold cameras, can't open them

Discussion in 'Antiques and Collecting' started by threeoutside, May 9, 2008.

  1. threeoutside

    threeoutside Member

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    Hello everyone, I'm the widow of a photographer, and I've been selling his darkroom and camera equipment here on APUG since about January. I have three old fold cameras, and my local APUG angels have given me descriptions of them and their conditions, but I canNOT get them open to photograph them for classified ads. I'm afraid to force anything because they're pretty old.

    The #3-A Autographic Kodak Jr., I can't even get the case open. It's got a latch with a button but the button appears to be solid brass of one piece with the faceplate; there's a teeny keyhole with a little brass nub showing, but the nub won't budge noway, nohow. The others aren't in a separate carrying case.

    If anyone would like to help me out with a walk-through I would be most grateful! I have taken detailed, up-close photos I can email to you so you can see details better, but I see that I can't upload the images directly here.

    Any advice will be highly appreciated! My email address is threeoutside@gmail.com.:confused:

    Terry Hickman
    Omaha, NE USA
     
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    Many old Kodak folders have a button hidden under the leather covering that has to be pressed to open the front of the camera.
     
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    Also, in addition to what Moose said,others opened by moving the metal at the top of the door outwards.
     
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    Thanks, folks. I'll try that URL. I think I saw it yesterday - the manual wasn't much use as to opening the case becasue it's just a drawing - and it's an image of the 1920's manual, which is kind of cool, but they didn't realize they'd have this know-nothing tyro who needs ridiculously detailed instructions, trying to open their camera. :D