• Soldier's camera © Technisches Museum Wien, Foto: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Information & Communication
Photograph and Film
1910 - 1919
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.

Soldier´s camera


The First World War coincided with a period during which amateur photography was becoming increasingly popular. For hundreds of thousands of soldiers the war represented an adventure they had never previously experienced, one they were keen to capture for their own private photo albums.

One of the leading camera manufacturers at the time was the American firm Kodak. It launched a roll film pocket camera known as the Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak onto the market which sold in countless numbers; it was even advertised as the ‘soldier’s camera’. According to the advertising the camera was compact in size, i.e. barely larger than a tobacco tin; it took perfect photographs and could be operated by anyone, with no prior knowledge of photography required. Thousands of soldiers were said to have taken this particular model to the front with them, and soldiers who were about to join the army should be given the camera as a present so they, too, could take photographs of the ‘Great War’. One of the reasons this camera proved so popular was no doubt its simple operation, along with its affordable price of 7.50 dollars for the cheapest variant.

Inv.Nr. 77995/1
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