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Picture taking with the No.1A Autographic Kodak Junior...


Picture taking with the No.1A Autographic Kodak Junior...

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Physical description

An instruction booklet, printed in black text on off-white paper. The cover is printed with text "Picture taking with the / No. 1A Autographic / Kodak Junior / Rapid Rectilinear or / f.7.7 Anastigmat Lens". The booklet has 66 pages in addition to the cover, secured by two metal staples.

Statement of significance

The Harold Stevens collection comprises an A1 Autographic Kodak Junior camera, camera case, instruction booklet and tripod. Amateur photographer Harold Stevens used this equipment during the 1920s and 1930s to document family life at his home in Rockdale, Sydney, and to record activities and scenes on holiday trips.

Photography has been one of Australia's most popular leisure activities since American George Eastman released the Pocket Kodak camera on to the Australian market in 1896. The new roll-film cameras enabled everyday people to become competent 'snapshot photographers', and by the 1920s most families owned a camera. Amateur photographers created records of their lives, families and experiences. The production and sharing of these images has constituted a significant means by which Australians recorded and narrated their individual histories, family genealogies and social milieu.

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