No. 0 Brownie (May 1914-April 1935)
The No. 0 Brownie is the smallest in the Brownie camera range. It took 8 photos of 1-5/8 x 2-1/2 inch (4.1 x 6.3 cm) on a roll of film. The size of the camera is 2-5/8 x 3-3/8 x 4-1/8 inch (6.5 x 8.7 x 10.4 cm).
The size of the photos is the same as the trendy Vest Pocket Kodak size. The VPK was introduced in 1912 and was an immediate success. So Eastman Kodak saw its chance and produced a box camera that took the same size of pictures. The VPK cost $ 6, while the No. 0 Brownie cost only $ 1.25 in the early years and $ 2.00 in the late 1920s.
The VPK is a folding camera that has to be expanded before it can be used. When not appropriately expanded, the photos will not be in focus. With the rigid box No. 0 Brownie, there is no risk of incorrect focus.
Several small design changes were made over the years:
July 1917: the film tension springs bearing on the ends of the spool instead of the centre of the spool. A direction arrow was added to the winding key plate.
About 1928: double-crossed line on the front was replaced by double rectangles.
Eastman Kodak Co.RochesterUSA
Image of No.0 Brownie Model A
Lens: 3″ meniscus lens.
Shutter: Spring-powered sector, T & I settings.
Construction: Cardboard body.
Format: 1 ⅝” x 2 ½” exposures on 127 roll-film.
Attributes: Two reflecting view-finders. Film advance indicated by a red window.