Kodak No.2 Film Pack Hawk-Eye c1922-1925

My friend George dug this beauty up for me. "It's got some kind of weird film in it," he said. That was enough for me.

The camera is like new. It's all metal with two viewfinders. It makes 12, 6x9 images on 520 film pack film. The camera George sent me had a film pack in it with 9 shots exposed. He also sent me an unopened film pack. Both read "Develop before February, 1950." I'm just a half-century late.

You open the film pack in the darkroom. It opens like a "flip top" pack of cigarettes. Each sheet of film is in it's own little envelope, kind of like a "Quick Load" for a view camera. An amazing piece of technology for a buck and a half.

I did the processing in trays. Most of the exposures were unprintable due to fogging. Only a few in the middle of the pack were useable and they required cropping etc. It's a shame but not unusual.

"Film Packs were introduced in 1903. Initially known as the Premo Film Pack, after 1922 they were renamed as the Kodak Film Pack, and were available in a range of sizes from 6x4.5cm to 13x18cm (5x7"). Possibly originally designed as a replacement for glass plates, indeed adaptors were available for many cameras, until the mid-1920's Eastman Kodak manufactured many cameras with the Premo and Hawk-Eye brand names specifically for this format.

An interesting cross-over between old and new technology, the Film Pack comprised 12 cut celluloid films, stored in an (initially cardboard, later metal) outer that was simply placed in the back of the camera, packed in such a way that the simple expedient of pulling a paper tab loaded a fresh film into place for each exposure, the previously exposed film being at the same time moved to the back of the pack. Each of the paper tabs, which protrude through a slot in the camera and were torn off after being used, had a number on it which acted as a basic, though perfectly efficient, exposure counter. "

-Chris Eve

Photographs should make you think about what the final product will look like. Ansel Adams called it "pre-visualization."  This photographer placed these beautiful women in a place that made for an interesting photograph. The process of taking a photograph used to be more important in the past.

What is this long lost soul looking at with such attention ? Is it a baby ? A television ? A tuna sandwich ?

Wearing carpenter cover-alls and a big grin, this guy has just dropped into his favorite chair. He genuinely likes the photographer. I'd bet that his obituary read something like this.

"Easy going and loved by all that met him. An avid bowler and baseball fan. He will be sadly missed."

Kodak Super-XX in HC110(b) until I thought it was done.