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Catalog Number 2008.010.005
Object Name Camera
Description Inspectrograph UV Kodak Graflex Fingerprint Camera. A camera used in the field by Detectives to take photographs of trace evidence such as bullet holes, footprints, tire prints, shell casings, and other items. Shoots film size 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch plates, and the lens is manufactured by Kodak, identified as Anastigmat 72mm f/6.3. The camera takes 1;1 ration photographs that required the Detective to place the camera close to the subject. This camera is powered by UV light instead of IF light and, therefore, can be taken in to the field to take photographs at the actual crime scene. A lens is recessed inside the flat brown rigid shroud of the camera, and is pre-focused on the plane to the opening at the front of the shroud. To make an exposure, the Detective placed the shroud directly on the surface to the photographed. Four battery-operated flash bulbs located inside the shroud and placed at each corner, illuminates the subject during exposure. The shutter is a sliding lens cover that is moved out of the way when the shutter release lever is pressed, then is closed by a spring when the lever reaches the end of its travel. Actual exposure time is determined by how fast the Detective moves the lever. When the shutter release lever is pressed, the circuit closes, turning on the flashlight bulbs in the shroud. Sheriff Albert E. Jones of Jefferson County is credited with purchasing this camera from Kodak in 1917 for use by his detectives. In 1916, Jones was the mayor of Golden, Colorado. He served four years as County Sheriff.
Date 1917
Title Kodak Fingerprint Camera
Credit line Golden History Museums, City of Golden, Dennis L. Potter Collection
Collection Permanent-Dennis L. Potter
Condition Good
People Jones, Albert Edward
Search Terms 1914 Jefferson County Jail
Jefferson County Sheriffs
Jefferson County Sheriffs Department
Mayors of Golden