Jiffy Kodak V. P.
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The Jiffy Kodak V. P. is a Bakelite-bodied folding camera made by Kodak from 1935 to 1942. The "V. P." designation refers to the "Vest Pocket" size permitted by using 127 film, which in this model provided eight exposures of 6×4.5 cm (2½ × 15/8inch) per roll. The body styling is one of the many designs done for Kodak by Walter Dorwin Teague, and is much more compact than the earlier 620 film Jiffy Six-20.
The lens is a fixed focus doublet, with an everset shutter with instantaneous and B settings. There is a slider for setting either of two lens apertures, "large" or "small", and two shutter release buttons, one on a short edge of the lens panel, and one on the lower, long edge, for landscape or portrait format orientations, along with a folding "brace" for standing on a flat surface. Two "Portrait" attachments were available, the Kodak Portrait Attachment No. 13 being a plain close-up lens, which fitted onto the front of the lens to set the focus to 3½ feet, and the Kodak Diffusion Portrait Attachment No. 13, which was similar but gave a soft-focus effect.
At introduction, the camera was priced at $5.00.