Kodak 127 Timeline

With the large number of 127 models from Kodak it's easy to get confused about how the various cameras relate to each other. Here I've laid them out in a timeline, which hopefully makes things more clear.
               1         1         1         1         1         1         1
               9         9         9         9         9         9         9
               1         2         3         4         5         6         7
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Folding Era    |         |         |         |         |         |         |
Vest Pocket    | ***     |         |         |         |         |         |
VP Autographic |    ************   |         |         |         |         |
VP Model B     |         |    **********     |         |         |         |
VP Series III  |         |     ************  |         |         |         |
No 0 Box       |   **********************    |         |         |         |
Hakeye Boxes   |         |         |       * |         |         |         |
               1         2         3         4         5         6         7
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Bakelite Era   |         |         |         |         |         |         |
Baby Brownie   |         |         |   ********      *****       |         |
       Special |         |         |        ****************     |         |
Brownie Reflex |         |         |         *********************         |
               1         2         3         4         5         6         7
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The UK Split   |         |         |         |         |         |         |
Brownie 127 1  |         |         |         |         | ********|         |
Brownie 127 2  |         |         |         |         |        *****      |
Brownie Vecta  |         |         |         |         |         |  ****   |
Brownie 127 3  |         |         |         |         |         |    ***  |
               1         2         3         4         5         6         7
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US-Split       |         |         |         |         |         |         |
Brownie 44     |         |         |         |        *****************    |
Brownie Holiday|         |         |         |         |  *****  |         |
  Holiday Flash|         |         |         |         |   *********       |
Brownie Bullet |         |         |         |         |      ********     |
               1         2         3         4         5         6         7
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Star Series    |         |         |         |         |         |         | 
   Starlet     |         |         |         |         |      ******       |
   Starflex    |         |         |         |         |      ********     |
   Starflash   |         |         |         |         |      *********    |
   Starmatic1+2|         |         |         |         |        *****      |
   Starmite 1+2|         |         |         |         |         ********  |
   Fiesta      |         |         |         |         |         | *****   |
   Fiesta R4   |         |         |         |         |         |     *****
               1         2         3         4         5         6         7
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Though for clarity, not all models are included here we can see a number of distinct periods of devlopment emerging. The initial period can be easily defined as the folding era from the begining of WW1 to just before WW2. The VP Folding series, and the N0 Box were in production throughout this time.

In 1934 the Baby Brownie was introduced, as the first of the new era - bakelite had arrived as a means of cheap mass production. Until 1950, the BB Special and the Reflex were kodaks only signifigant 127 offerings. The reflex remained inproduction for over 20 years!

From 1950 it's necessary to consider the UK market seperatly from the US (South America, and Europe tend to follow the US models). The original Baby Brownie (as opposed the special) had been reintroduced in the UK in 1948, and from there it's a simple design step to the UK's favourite - the Brownie 127, which dominated the UK market until 1963.

Meanwhile in America plasic was the new medium and the Holiday (later to become the Bullet) saw Kodak through the most of the 50's, along with the more upmarket 44. However America was really just waiting for the "Star" series, launched in 1957, with the Starlet, Starflex and Starflash. These cameras all share a common design, and styling - to the extend that the bases can be interchanged between models. In broad terms, some of this styling was carried through to the Fiesta, which brought Kodak's 127 camera production to an end in 1970.

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