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A few months ago we were offered this Eastman Kodak Vest Pocket “Autographic” camera, dating from about 1917.  Our kind donor, Mr. James Reynolds of Illinois, said he purchased it, along with several others, about twenty years ago at a garage sale in Florida.  Mr. Reynolds knew we might be interested in the camera because it bore the inscription of Theodore Widmayer, Amherst College class of 1917.  Widmayer — where had I heard that name before?  Normally we don’t add an item like this to our collection simply because it belonged to an alumnus.  But Widmayer and his camera had seen and done interesting things.  This was a camera with artifactual value.  It had stories to tell.

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