1930 Art Deco Design Icon Kodak Gift Camera No. 1A with Original Jewel Boxes For Sale
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1930 Art Deco Design Icon Kodak Gift Camera No. 1A with Original Jewel Boxes


Complete set of the Art Deco Kodak gift camera no. 1A. It was made for only one year from October 1930 to November 1931 with a production run of about 10.000 pieces and was a special rendition of the No.1A Pocket Kodak Junior camera with a single lens folding camera. The camera is covered with brown Naugahyde er and decorated with an enameled metal inlay on the front door as well as a matching metal faceplate on the shutter, same for the jewe cedar box. Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960) designed this Art Deco camera and box in 1930 for the Eastman-Kodak Company in Rochester, Teague's structured enamel design on the cedar box is repeated on the matching front of the camera and is emblematic. It has the original brown bellows which is hard to find all on its own, but you also get the original cedar box and the very hard to find original cardboard box. This camera has not been tested. This is an absolutely beautiful set for a 80+ year old camera The camera is illustrated in J. Stewart Johnson's "American Modern 1925-1940: Design for a New Age," 2000. The camera retains manufacturer's marks. Camera: 2.5" tall X 8" long X 4.5" wide. Case: 2.5" tall X 9" long X 4.5" wide. Box : 2.8" tall X 9.2" long X 5" wide. The Art Deco style name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts De´coratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication. The distinguishing features of the style are shapes that ares geometric or stylized from representational forms and crafted out of often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances in addition to natural ones (jade, silver, obsidian, chrome and rock crystal.) Though Art Deco objects were rarely mass-produced, the characteristic features of the style reflected admiration for the modernity of the machine and for the inherent design qualities of machine-made objects. Decorative ideas came from American Indian, Egyptian, and early classical sources as well as from nature. Characteristic motifs included nude female figures, animals, foliage, and sunrays, all in conventionalized forms. Most of the outstanding Art Deco creators designed individually crafted or limited-edition items. They included the furniture designers Jacques Ruhlmann the architect Eliel Saarinen; metalsmith Jean Puiforcat; glass and jewelry designer Rene´ Lalique; fashion designer Erte´; and the figural sculptor Chiparus. Modernism, particularly the austere form we now associate with the Bauhaus, was developing among the avant garde designers as an intellectual expression of the age of the machine and technology. The pioneers of modernism had rejected market-led consumerism, instead aiming for mass-produced goods that concentrated on social utility and usefulness.     


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    The enamel on the cedar box and the camera itself have some nicks from , the naugahyde has some scuffs, the bellows shows some signs of dryness, there is some normal wear on the wooden part of the cedar and on the cardboard box.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 2.5 in. x W 9.2 in. x D 4.8 in.H 6.35 cm x W 23.37 cm x D 12.2 cm
  • Seller Location
    Bremen, DE
  • Seller Reference Number
    AMDA - 0895
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
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About Walter Dorwin Teague (Designer)

Along with Raymond Loewy, Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss and others, Walter Dorwin Teague pioneered the field of industrial design in the early decades of the 20th century. In his designs for furniture and objects that ranged from table lamps to radios, Teague helped defined the Machine Age aesthetic — the streamlined style that was the American counterpart to the French Art Deco movement.

     Teague grew up in rural Indiana, the son of a Methodist minister who was also a tailor. The young Teague was skilled at drawing, and in 1903, after finishing high school, he saved some money and moved to New York, where he took classes at the Art Students League. He later found success as a typographer and an advertisement illustrator. The look of ads in the early 20th century was so far superior to that of the actual products being promoted that manufacturers began consulting with illustrators like Teague about the styling of their goods. Teague’s aesthetic sensibilities were strongly shaped by a trip he had made to Europe in 1926, when he toured the Universal Exposition in Paris, buildings by Le Corbusier and a Bauhaus exhibition. On his return home, Teague founded an industrial-design consultancy. The following year, he won his first big client, Kodak, for whom he designed cameras, such as the famed Bantam Special, with its sleek, “speed line” detailing. His firm would go on to design such things as pavilions for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, rail coaches, gas stations, automobiles, corporate logos and a Boeing airliner.

     Among collectors, Teague’s products designs are prized not so much for what they do as for what they represent: a moment when design took a hand in fostering a spirit of energy, optimism and progress. Objects such as his Kodak 1A Gift camera, with its Constructivist case and box, have a graphic punch that should find a place in many a vitrine. His 1930s glassware lines for Steuben still make a striking presence on the bar or the dinner table. The jewels among Teague collectibles are his 1939 Bakelite-shade table lamp for Polaroid (made before the firm began producing cameras) and his striking designs for the Sparton Radio Corporation, most notably the rare and stunning Bluebird model, with its circular glass and chrome frame. Prices for Teague’s work vary widely by medium, style and condition. But as you can see from these pages, the designs of Walter Dorwin Teague are emblems of both a time and a distinctive style. They are cynosures for any true collector.

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