Graflex Camera

The Auto Graflex Junior



The History

The Folmer Graflex Company proudly presented " Young Mr. Graflex" in the year 1914.

It was the answer to a fast growing demand at that time for a small compact camera but not missing any of the new features such as mirror reflex, focal plane shutter and above all, the reliability of Graflex quality and workmanship combined in a light weight small sized camera. 

The camera body cost US $ 35, equipped with  Bauch & Lomb Ser.  Ic US $ 66,00.  To understand the value of a camera like this you will have to know what was the average wage in those days. For example, Henry Ford increased the daily wage of his workers in 1914 from $2.34 to $5. That $2.34 wage was already high. The old saying, "Another day, another dollar," reflects circumstances when a dollar a day was a good wage.

The Camera

The overhanging projection at the rear and the one-piece guide rail holding the bellows and lens standard, are specific details in this beautiful styled design of a lightweight but very reliable 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 reflex camera. The focal plane shutter controlled by the winding key has five slits as used in all the other Graflex cameras at that time and in combination with a choice out of 6 different spring tensions, allowing apart from Time, 24 exposure times, from 1/10 to 1/1000 of a second.   

   

A safety device is provide which prevents the winding of the shutter curtain until the reflecting mirror is depressed, thus preventing the possibility of fogging the plate or film.
The front is of exceptional rigidity, as the focus racks and front standards are stamped from one piece of heavy brass.
This insures absolute parallelism of the front and focal plane and also gives the front a permanent rigidity.
The focusing hood is readily detachable, allowing easy access to the ground glass focusing screen. The focusing hood is automatic in its action, and is finished with a square top, making it exceptionally easy to secure vertical pictures with the camera held on its side.
The focusing pinion is adjusted though a split washer, which affords sufficient tension to hold the front at any point when focusing, irrespective of the position of the camera.
The auto Graflex Junior is supplied with a depressed cupped metal front for carrying the lens. This metal front is threaded to accept the B&L Zeiss Tessar No. Series Ic lens, Zeiss Kodak Anastigmat No. 1 lens and Cook no. 20 series II (Lens). The Auto Graflex Junior is fitted with one tripod screw plate in the bottom of the camera.


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