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The Early Days Of Photography, Glass Negatives And The Pocket Kodak Camera Mystery

Updated on June 30, 2016

Vest Pocket Kodak Series 111 Camera


The missing camera imprisons the evidence to reveal what really happened on that day on Mount Everest. One of the first occurrences that took place when Mr. Mallory reached the top of the mountain, 50 years ago was to capture the moment. He clicked a photo of the whereabouts for proof he and another climber were the first. But it is known that somewhere on that massive majestic mountain, is another camera. This camera may hold and reveal the verification that they weren’t the first. In the year 1924, Mr. Mallory, at this time in history, recognized as the skilled mountain climber of his day. But he and his comrade, Andrew vanished after their last visual sighting. They were on the move expeditiously in the direction of the peak of the mountain, arousing one of the most long-lasting enigmas.

So the inquisitiveness continues to grow to the question, did they die climbing to the top, or on their descent from the mountain? The dilemma that still to this day boggles the minds of those captivated with this mystery, wonder about their disappearing act. Did the two men conquer the climb to the summit as it was written in Mr. Anker’s book, The Lost Explorer? Conrad Anker, the author of the book written in 1999, was the man who also discovered Mallory’s body. The riveting on going mystery may lie on the film inside harboring the secrets of what actually happened, the lost Kodak pocket camera. This one Kodak camera that the 37 year old man had in his possession could solve the mystery. Mallory’s body was tracked down frozen into the mass of small stones that form on mountain slopes. Many of his belongings were found, but the camera was not. No one has the information if the camera was lost or might still be with Irvine’s unfound body, which remains on an unknown location on the mountain. And if the camera is ever uncovered, another question arises, could the film still be developed?

The Kodak Pocket Camera, Could It Solve The Present Day Mystery

The Vest Pocket Kodak Series 111 camera was assembled by the Eastman Kodak Company between the years of 1926-1934. This camera had the capability to taking up to 8 photos. The Vest Pocket Kodak cameras were a foremost selling camera series made by Eastman Kodak, located in Rochester, New York. When this camera was folded, it was really eye-catching. It wasn’t much bigger than what the present-day cameras. The Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak was a model promoted as a soldier’s camera throughout World War 1. It was mass-produced between the years of 1915-1926. There were nearly 2 million sold. The Vest Pocket Kodak Model B was a quite dissimilar camera, one of the earliest, for creating 4.65 cm exposures on 127 films. It was also advertised as boy scouts and girl scouts Kodak. The camera cost $7.50. It was equipped with the autographic element. The Hawk Eye models were the best quality and top end models. And the special design had extra additional advanced lens/shutters integrations.

Is it actually true that one of the pocket Kodak cameras played a significant part in solving the Mt. Everest murder case? Two mountain climbers Mr. Mallory and Mr. Irvine went missing in 1924. And it was quite possible that these two men were the first ever to accomplish reaching the summit. There was another member of the excursion was overheard as mentioning, that he had let Mallory use his Kodak VPK camera as they made a brief encounter with each other while passing each other on the north ridge. Just think, how remarkable it would be, if the camera could reveal the mystery? There are currently large-scaled activities getting started utilizing cutting edge technology to find Irvine’s body and perchance….the camera.

Glass Negatives Used Between Years 1851 - 1920's


The beginning of the Eastman Kodak Company began in the year 1878. Cameras during this time required sizeable hefty glass negatives where were coated in diverse chemical mixture, or two or more liquids, being immiscible. These emulsions fixed a depiction when it was exposed by light. By the year 1880, Mr. Eastman had experimented with different ideas which lead the invention of a new dry-plate procedure making use of a fine gel covering. The glass negatives were made use of between the years of 1851 and until the early 1900’s, 1920’s. Nearly at the same time that Daguerre was improving on his methods, another inventor from England, Mr. Talbot was active with his own innovation, a photographic undertaking the development of paper negatives. This paper negatives would have the capability to be used to produce positive paper prints. His ingenious process was called Calotype. And when it was all said and done, his creation became the foundation for present-day film technology. But unfortunately it was not materialize in time. At this time in history, Daguerre’s origination and success was wide-ranging. In 1851 Frederick Archer advanced an approach that was comparable to Talbot’s. However, a glossy glass negative was used preferably than a paper one.

This allowed for superior, enduring images. As well as the capability to generate numerous prints from just one negative, in spite of the fact, that the Daguerre was not quickly replaced. The glass plate negatives turned into the most widespread sort of photographs. This application of the scientific knowledge of photography was progressively replaced by film in the beginning of the 1900’s.

A glass negative with a darken background makes the depiction appear positive. A multitude of vintage photographs brought and sold for public sale today are sold as Daguerreotypes but in reality are Ambrotypes. The distinct feature between the two, the Ambrotype lacks the mirror-like quality of the Daguerreotype.

Modern day technology with the capability of cameras is overwhelmingly impressive. With the leading edge diverse perspective Canon EOS 60D, provides every photo connoisseur an extremely mighty photography tool. It advances innovation, with superior image excellence, additional pioneering elements and automatic built in camera technologies making it easy to operate. The outstanding features of the Canon EOS 60D, highlights an enhanced Megapixel sensor for tremendous photos.

The Finished Product From The Glass Negative



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