Camera Tripod

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.142

Description:

This is a small tripod stand with tubular legs. Each of the feet has a pointed, conical end. The legs are held together by a small adjustable leather strap that wraps around all the legs near their base. The legs are telescopic in five sections and extend to a length of 123cm.

The top of the tripod consists of a circular knurled knob, with a screw attachment. This whole section is rotated to screw a camera into the tripod.

There is a semi-torn of moving label stuck to one of the legs.

Primary Materials: Metal: Iron Alloy

Markings:

Engraved into the top of the tripod: “KODAK TRIPOD EASTMAN KODAK CO. ROCHESTER, N.Y. NO. 2 U.S.A. PAT. AUG 24/97, OCT 31/11, NOV 1211”

Dimensions (cm): Length = 35, Diameter = 4

Function:

This tripod was designed to support a small camera.

Condition:

Very good: The tripod is in very good condition, with few signs of wear. The top of the tripod is quite rusty, particularly in the lettering and in the knurling of the knob. There is also some rust around the base where the ends of the legs have rubbed against each other, worn away the black paint.

Manufacturer: Kodak Eastman Co., Rochester, N.Y.

Date of Manufacture: 1930s-1950s?

Provenance:

This object was probably moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.