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What is an autographic camera?

If you've ever browsed through the camera section of a good antique shop, or better yet the antique camera section on a site like ebay, it's possible you've come across a camera or a listing with the words "autographic" somewhere in it. Did you ever wonder what this actually meant? It's not immediately obvious from looking at a camera or from reading most online auction listings, but autographic cameras were a category of cameras manufactured and sold by Kodak in the early days of the twentieth century that, in combination with a special film, allowed the photographer to write notes directly in the side margins of the exposed film at the time of shooting, all without damaging or ruining the photo by exposing it to light. 

Kodak writes a brief but informative description of Autographic cameras in the following article, originally printed in an early edition of Kodak's How to make Good Pictures, a cheap photography book that was sold in various revisions and…

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