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Camera tripod with telescopic legs

2006.0040.0004

Camera tripod with telescopic legs

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Physical description

A black metal camera tripod with telescopic legs. The silver-coloured metal legs slide telescopically out of the uppermost section of the leg which is black, and they have inverted conical rubber feet on the end of them. When fully extended, they become locked into position by small sprung metal catches. At the top pf the tripod is a round black metal plate with a short metal scew fitting in the centre. It top surface is impressed with "KODAK TRIPOD / USA PAT. OCT.31.11. / / NO.0 / EASTMAN KODAK CO. ROCHESTER N.Y.". A locking catch from one of the leg extensions is detached and it is in a ziplock bag with the tripod.

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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