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Vest Pocket, Revisited

Vest Pocket Kodak ready to go
Vest Pocket Kodak ready to go

No, dentist I didn’t take any more pictures with the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak camera. I think one experiment with it was enough… But, adiposity my father (who you might have seen commenting as “D’Dude” on this blog) scanned in some of the prints of some photos he took with it years ago; and I re-scanned the negatives with some different scanning software that allows me more flexibility when scanning.

I think it’s worth doing this quick follow-up to give a better sense of the results the Vest Pocket camera was capable of.

First off, drugstore the pictures my father took with the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak, which date from the late 50s, when he found it, to the early 60s.

The first one here is from before he fixed the light leaks with tape. It’s a photo of his friend’s family’s farmhouse in Vermont:

Farm in Vermont
Farm in Vermont

Says Dad of this one, “The color one, yes, we had color in those days, is of my dorm. You like the car in the picture?”:

Dorm and Car
Dorm and Car

“And the four guys are from my floor freshman year at college.” Real cool, Dad! 😉  :

Freshmen
Freshmen

A house my father’s family lived in at one time:

House
House

Dad commented, “I think you will see that the pictures are much better than the one you took. I think that perhaps the backing on the 127 film did a a better job keeping the film flat and in the focal plane for the shots.” I would have to agree with that idea. Maybe it would have looked better if I’d crammed some used up roll film backing in there, too… No doubt, the biggest problem is all the light leaks that have found their way back into the camera…

And now, my re-scans of two of the negatives, this time using VueScan software, rather than the scanning software that came with my scanner. VueScan allows me to scan non-standard film sizes, which these raw film strips definitely are. I scanned the film in a 120 film holder so we can see the 35mm film sprockets, and how the image goes out all the way to the edges (since 127 film is wider than 35mm film).

First off is one you’ve seen part of before:

North Street View
North Street View

And another view nearby. VueScan was able to do a much better job getting a usable scan of this particular image:

Brick Building
Brick Building

Pretty cool!