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    Quote Originally Posted by mark View Post
    8x10 2d is a different beast than the pacemakers.
    Yes, but this 2D was built by Graflex so will follow their serial numbering. A guess would be that there was a small block of numbers somewhere in that gap that was assigned for 2Ds.

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    Wow! Thanks for that link jovo. I've got the 11x14 camera and hadn't been able to find any info on it- and had given up trying.

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    My old 2D was my first 8x10, bought back in '78, I think. Its serial number is 160268, and its nameplate inducates it was "made by Folmer Graflex for Eastman Kodak". Does anyone have an indication of the date?

    BTW, I have several other 8x10's, but the 2D was my first, and is still my favorite for working around the house.
    The real problem with digital photography is that now I'm the only one who stinks of fixer...

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    Here's what I have:

    154561 – RB Series B – 1926
    157258 – 5x7 2D --
    160990 – 3x4 RB Auto – 1928
    161429 – Series D -- 1927
    162053 – Series B – 1928

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    I have a Century Studio that was painted white also. I was told that as these old cameras were retired, they sometimes became "props" for that period of "high key" portraits in the 1980's. Hence they were painted white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jolefler View Post
    I have 135865 with 22 stamped in various locations. I have a second body, but during the repaint process (why on earth white paint?), they obscured the serial#. 135xxx says "by EK", the other says "for EK by FG". Thanks for the info

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    I have had 4 pass thru my hands & I researched the dates. They must be somewhere on the web, but I did not write down my source. I don't know why I didn't write it down, I do everything else. Anyway,
    These were all 8x10:

    135000 -- 1923 to 1924
    144860 -- 1924 to 1925
    189999 -- 1932 to 1937
    442899 -- 1946 to 1948

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    I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd drop in and see if anyone can help date my 8X10 2D. It is a "made for" model from Folmer Graflex and has a stamped plate on top that has 161-USN-266407 on it. Could this be a U.S.Navy model from WW11? This could fit in with the date, but it is a mystery. It's a great old beast thats been lovingly restored by a good friend and camera shop owner, with new bellows and ground glass. I worked the wood with Fornbys and polished up the brass a bit and have shot my first few sheets of film with it. Any help on the USN and date part would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart Nadeau View Post
    The six digit serial number is stamped on the left side of the rear standard, facing up, as you face the ground glass. It is hard to see because the rear of the camera/ bellows frame is directly above it .
    Huh? Little help, please. I couldn't find it - I don't know if I'm looking in the wrong place or if it got wiped out by the refinisher.

    I just picked up the 8x10 2-D shown this morning from someone local on craigslist. From the C-1 plate, I'm guessing it's from 1941 but I should be able to confirm that from the graflex serial number.

    It's a nice camera overall but needs a ground glass - any suggestions on the best/cheapest way to pick one up?

    Thanks,
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    I was recently gifted this fine piece (including tripod). Its serial number is 121082. It didn't come with film holders but, that shouldn't be an issue. The shutter still works on the high end which surprised me. The glass was also amazingly clean once I removed the layer of dust! Not sure if this lens came with it or not, the board looks a little different from the body. From reading this post, it must have been from the 1920's (if the numbers apply to all formats, not just the 8x10's). The bellows looked good (just the sunlight test, not film) and with a little TLC should make a come back. I've been shooting 4x5 for the last 25 years so this will be a fun jump up.

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    If that's a 7 inch lens, you'll need something longer. Nice gift!

    Wat a minute, that's not an 8x10. The lens should cover 5x7 just fine.

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