The Kodak Autographic Camera.
It had a slot on the back that allowed the photographer a place to write a brief ID on the edge of the negative. This would identify the photograph or at least remind the photographer what was going on when the photograph was taken.
These cameras were very popular and there should be lots of prints around showing the ID strip on the negative. I suspect however, that many of these "autograhic" strips were lost in the darkroom when they were simply masked out of the print.
There are only a few rescued photographs in the LOST GALLERY that show the telltale markings of a negative that came from one of these unique cameras.
The first three in this set were scanned from the original negatives. You can see the raw edges of the negative that would have been masked out in the darkroom. They are shown here at near actual size.
The actual measurement of the three negatives:
3 1/2" X 5 7/8"
(image size 3 3/16" X 5 3/8" inches)
This one, a print of an airplane, shows three edges of the negative were masked but the ID or autographic strip was left in the print.
The aircraft print is 2 5/8" X 1 3/4"
(image size 2 3/8" X 1 1/2")
It is shown here just about double the actual size.
This is a photograph of twins. It is part of a huge linked collection found in Amarillo, Texas in May 2013. This is the only "Autographic" print among these photographs, most centering around this set of twins. The actual size of the print is 3" X 5 3/16" It is printed on a Post Card backing measuring 3 3/8" X 5 3/8" and is shown here at slightly larger than actual size.
A page of featuring these photographs of twins will be assembled and presented at a later date.
Here is a rather unusual one. The label says "Three Buttes Spring - Colo". As far as I can tell, there is no place officially titled "Three Buttes Spring" in Colorado or anywhere.
So maybe it was picture number three of a series at Buttes Spring, Colo. No. There's no Buttes Spring, Colo. either. There are some hike-to-only places called Buttes Spring in Nevada and Arizona. There is also a Twin Buttes Spring in Washington.
Maybe there was a small town with a locally named site they called "Three Buttes" ...or maybe they were just lost.
Or maybe it says, #3, "Buttes Spring, cold."
Also, it appears to be a double exposure on the left quarter of the photograph.
At the lower edge, center, there is a galvanized tub full of water.
It is 5 1/2 X 3 1/8, shown here slightly larger than actual size.
Although this photograph is similar in subject to the one just above, it is probably not connected. The above one was found in Wichita Falls, Texas. This one came from Burleson, Texas.
There is a black strip on the left edge of this one but has no label. It is however, the right size and shape to be from an Autographic camera. But maybe not.
It is 5 3/8 X 3 3/8 inches, shown here slightly larger than actual size.
There are some other prints in LOST GALLERY that just might be from an autographic camera. They show a black block along the left edge of the print but since it is partially cropped, no writing is visible. Of course the black area could be from a dozen other causes too. I'll add a couple to this page as they turn up.
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