Film Pack

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The Film Pack was introduced by Kodak in 1903 and was at first called the Premo Film Pack. It was used in the Film Premo camera and was made in quarter-plate, Postcard and 4×5inch sizes. Later it was made in 2¼×3¼ and 5×7inch. The pack contained 12 sheets of film, thinner than single sheet film, each with a numbered paper tab attached; it could be inserted into the holder in daylight. The tabs protruded from the loaded holder; as a sheet was exposed you pulled its tab which moved the exposed film to the back of the pack. The 1920 catalogue of Premo Cameras illustrates a Premo Film Pack Tank for developing 12 films.[1] As with most Kodak film formats, other makers soon produced equivalents. An Agfa Ansco catalogue of about 1930 lists film-packs in sizes up to 5x7 inch; all have twelve sheets per pack.[2]

Agfa film-pack sizes, c1930:
Picture size Equiv. Kodak no.
Inch[3] cm
1¾x2⅜ 4.5x6 500
1¾x4¼ 4.5x10.7 540
2¼x3¼ 6x9 520
2½x4¼ 6.5x11 516
2¼x5 6x13 -
3x5¼ 7.5x13.5 542
3¼x4¼ 8x10.5 518
3½x4¾ 9x12 541
3¼x5½ 8x14 522
4x6 10x15 543
4x5 10x12.5 523
5x7 13x18 515



Notes

  1. 1920 Premo Catalogue at the Smithsonian Library.
  2. Agfa Ansco Photographic Materials and Professional Equipment catalogue, about 1930, reproduced at Pierce Vaubel.
  3. As with roll-film sizes, since most sizes were defined by Kodak, in inches, the inch sizes are probably more exact.

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