Original U.S. WWII Navy USN Graflex K-20 Aircraft Camera with Case and NOS Film - dated 1942
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 U.S. NAVY
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. It comes with an original case, two filters (red, yellow), various accessories and three unopened rolls of original Kodak 5 1/4 inch by 20ft film from the 70s. There is also a roll loaded in the camera, which has doubtlessly been completely exposed. It has a small portion of the original manual, detailing how film was loaded. The rest of the manual was missing.
This camera also saw service after the war with the US. Fish and Wildlife Service, as indicated by a label on the back of the camera, along with inventory number 118629. We do not know if it functions though it does appear to operate normally. The aperture control is definitely still functional, though we have no way to verify the ISO control functionality. Apparently, new film for this camera is still available on the market.
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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