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The Camera


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The Camera


Robert is Joe’s grandson, and holds the Joe’s camera in his trust. Robert recently unearthed the camera, having packed it up after the Christchurch earthquake. Here are photos taken March 11th 2015 of Robert with the camera that Joe took to Gallipoli tucked into his sock. 

The camera that took the Gallipoli Landing photograph

The camera was made by Eastman Kodak in Rochester New York USA. To the right of the dial, there are four aperture settings; 'clouds marine', 'distant view', 'average view' and 'near view portrait'. The left of the dial there are also four shutter speed settings; '25' for 'Clear', 'B', 'T' and '50' for 'Brilliant'. The camera is a Pocket Kodak with two dates inscribed on the front 'Mar 4th 1902' and 'May 6th 1913'.

Joe was a keen photographer before the war and may have used this camera in his work helping a professional photographer in Gore, Southland before the war. 

  "Shutter clicks. Just a box with a shutter, so probably good. Can't vouch for the light proof integrity of the concertina fold up fabric." says Robert.

"Shutter clicks. Just a box with a shutter, so probably good. Can't vouch for the light proof integrity of the concertina fold up fabric." says Robert.

 Joe's grandson Robert Freeman, holding the original camera. 11th March 2015.

Joe's grandson Robert Freeman, holding the original camera. 11th March 2015.

 The rear of the Pocket Kodak has numerous scratches.

The rear of the Pocket Kodak has numerous scratches.

 The camera wrapped in a newspaper talking about ...?. (looks like about cameras... can we get a scan of the newspaper?)

The camera wrapped in a newspaper talking about ...?. (looks like about cameras... can we get a scan of the newspaper?)

 The front of the camera showing the viewfinder and lens of the Pocket Kodak. 

The front of the camera showing the viewfinder and lens of the Pocket Kodak. 

 The bottom view of the camera reveals the film canister and a lock and open switch for the fabric concertina.

The bottom view of the camera reveals the film canister and a lock and open switch for the fabric concertina.

  The top view of the camera.

The top view of the camera.