Bantam Special camera with f/2.0 45mm Kodak Ektar lens and Compur Rapid shutter, manufactured by Eastman Kodak Company.

This object is part of the Kodak Heritage Collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.

Physical Description

Black and silver, art deco style folding camera.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Kodak Heritage Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Images & Image Making

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005

  • Acknowledgement

    Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.

  • Manufacturer

    Eastman Kodak Company, 1936-1940

  • Inscriptions

    On the inside of the front cover: 'KODAK / BANTAM SPECIAL / MADE IN U.S.A. BY / EASTMAN KODAK CO. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.' On the outside edge of the lens: 'KODAK / COMPUR RAPID' On the inside edge of the lens: 'Kodak Anastigmat EKTAR f/2 45mm No. 6119'

  • Classification

    Photography, Image making equipment, Cameras

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    120 mm (Width), 40 mm (Depth), 88 mm (Height)

  • References

    James & Joan McKeown (Eds.), 'McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras 2001-2002', Centennial Photo Service, United States of America, 2001

  • Keywords

    Photographic Products, Cameras, Photography