As for the Baldina camera the origin of this No 2 Autographic Brownie is unknown. It was introduced even earlier in 1915.
One notable feature is the beautiful brass plate in front of the lens giving the user basic instructions on how to use it.
The shutter release is just above the lens, and there seems to be no cable release, although the instructions mention using a tripod for certain conditions.
The view finder still works well, at least in daylight. I think indoors the camera would be harder to use. It’s harder to unfold and fold compared to the Agfa Isolette. The lens needs to be pulled in or out to the correct position to work properly, compared to just one button on the Agfa.
|Type:||Folding roll film|
|Picture size:||2 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches|
|Lenses:||Achromatic and Rapid Rectilinear – see below|
|Shutters:||Ball Bearing or Kodex – see below|
|Numbers made:||unknown but 540,000 before 1921|
|Original price:||Camera: $10.13 Carrying Case: $1.25|
|Description:||Imitation leather covering; reversible reflecting finder; sliding focusing with lock; from serial number 1,001.|
|Variations:||Feb 1916: new style Autographic attachment from serial number 53,501. |
Jan 1917: square ended cases changed to round from serial number 133,301
Oct 1919: support foot shape changed from shallow S cure to shallow C curve from serial number 375,601
Sept 1915-23: ball bearing shutter;
1924-26: Kodex shutter
Rapid Rectilinear lens:
Nov 1915-23: ball bearing shutter; 1924-April 1926: Kodex shutter
Kodar f/7.9 lens: May 1925 – Sept 1926: Kodex shutter
Anastigmat f/6.3 lens: 1926: Kodex shutter
http://www.brownie-camera.com/83.shtml, viewed 20-Sep-2021.