Hi everyone, haven’t posted here for a while (been doing more collecting photography rather than taking photographs !)
Wondering if anybody can shed some light on this recent purchase.
A tropical Kodak Panoram (in museum condition !)
Panorams are generally quite scarce (I’ve come across a couple in about 8 years of collecting) but to my knowledge they never made a tropical version ? I’ve searched high and low on the net and cant find any reference whatsoever to this particular one.
Whats more confusing is, inside the back door it’s stamped No1 but the No1 panoram is a very different configuration, it doesn’t have the fold out side doors and drop down back door. My camera looks more like 3a but there still subtle differences.
A useful bit of information is a brass retailers plate on the body says ‘Marshall Field & Company’. Some of you in the US may be familiar with these being a huge famous department store in Chicago that retailed high end goods including photographic.
I know it’s possible this could be a normal leather covered Panoram that’s been stripped and polished but in my experience it just doesn’t look like it. I think the regular panorams had finger joints on the edges and weren’t always made of red mahogany under the leather.
Kind of thinking this could be a specialist one off or something !
Trying to decide whether I sell it to put bread on the table or does it belong in my own collection.....
Any info gratefully received.