Alfred C. Kemper (Chicago, IL)

Kombi

1⅛" circular or square




 

Notes:  Circa 1893, the Kombi, by Alfred C. Kemper, was an all-steel camera taking photographs on roll film.  When the film was developed into a positive, the image could be viewed through the same lens as took the photo, combining the functions of camera and graphoscope.

Many were sold, but were rapidly replaced by Kodaks and Brownies.  They are not rare, and have survived probably because they are so interesting-looking and heavy.  Three different examples are shown above.
 

References:
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Equipments and Materials for Amateurs, E. & H.T. Anthony & Co. (New York, NY), December, 1895, p. 33
Catalogue "G" 1896-1897 Photographic Apparatus and Materials, Montgomery Ward & Co. (Chicago, IL), p.5

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