Kodak, Vest Pocket Autographic Camera (A127 Film) V 1914~1926

Body Serial number : 1686860

 Rochester, U.S.A. Patent 1902, 1913.

Adjustable view-finder, Folding bellows, metal case.
Shutter - Kodak ball bearing shutter
speeds T, B, 1/25 and 1/50
Lens, Rapid Rectilinear f/7.7

Trellis strut folding 127 roll film camera with autographic feature. The autographic feature consisted of a small trap door in the back of the camera that could be opened to gain access to the backing paper of the roll film. The idea being that once a picture had been exposed, this trap door was opened and, using a supplied metal "stylus", the photographer scratched any details of the picture into the backing paper. This would result in a thinning of the paper, and by directing the open trap door to light - the details would be recorded photographically in the gap between negatives.

Table of Eastman Autographic Films

Film Model Number

Use in Camera

Image Size in Inches


1A, 2A

2 1/2 x 4 1/4



3 1/4 x 4 1/4


1, 2

2 1/4 x 3 1/4



3 1/4 x 5 1/2 (Postcard)



4 x 5



4 1/4 x 6 1/2


Vest Pocket (VP)

1 5/8 x 2 1/4



2 7/8 x 4 7/8


Remark: Kodak's Autographic films have "A" as the first part of the film size designation. Thus, standard 127 film would be labeled "127" and Autographic 127 would be "A127.

The Autographic process was invented by Henry Jacques Gaisman, a prolific inventor and founder of the AutoStrop Company, a safety razor manufacturer.  George Eastman purchased the rights to Henry Gaisman's invention in 1914 for 300,000 US dollars. And it was offered by Eastman Kodak only.


The mentioned Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic Camera is a gift from my friend - Mr. Tom Buehl.
Thank you very much, Mr. Buehl..