Item:
ON10571

Original U.S. WWII Army Air Force Graflex K-20 Aircraft Camera with Case - dated 1942

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The K-20 (K20) is an aerial photography camera used during World War II, e.g., from the Enola Gay's tail gunner position of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima. Designed by Fairchild Camera and Instrument, approximately 15,000 were manufactured under license for military contract by Folmer Graflex Corporation in Rochester, NY between 1941 and 1945. There is a data plate on the top of the camera with contract and manufacturer information:

PROPERTY AIR FORCE, U.S. ARMY
CAMERA AIRCRAFT
(4x5 INCH)

 TYPE
K-20
A.C. ORDER No.
W-535-ac-26613

SERIAL No.
AC-42-68908
SPECIFICATION No.
31126 - B

MANUFACTURER'S ASSEMBLY PART No. K20E-H55
THE FOLMER GRAFLEX CORPORATION
ROCHESTER, N.Y., U.S.A.

This camera is offered in very good condition, and the serial number indicates 1942 manufacture. It comes with an original case, which reads CAMERA AIRCRAFT / TYPE K-20 / HANDLE WITH CARE. The case measures approximately 15" x 11" x 8", and the latches still function. Unfortunately most of the accessories that would usually come with the camera are missing, but there is a small bag of parts included.

The K-20 uses a 5.25" x 20' to 5.25" x 200' foot Roll Film, with an image size of 4x5 inches. Lenses were 6 3/8" f/4.5 with an adjustable diaphragm and were non interchangeable, these were made by Kodak, Ilex, or Bausch & Lomb, as available at the time of order. This example has an Eastman Kodak marked lens. The camera featured the use of a vacuum to keep the film flat.

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