Pocket Kodak, Model of '96 (1896)
The Pocket Kodak cameras are extremely sturdy; the entire body is made of cherry wood with a coarse grain Morocco leather covering. All the mechanism and hardware is made of metal, with many components, including the spool, being brass.
Like most other box cameras, the Pocket Kodak has a single element meniscus lens. This has three apertures selectable with a tab on the top of the camera: f/10, f/14, & f/22. The shutter is a simple rotary affair with Instant (1/25s) and Time modes, selectable with another tab on the top. The shutter is fired with the lever located near the two tabs. The shutter is present in front of the lens, which alleviates a lens cap, like other Kodak box cameras.
To open the camera, the metal tab on the bottom of the front of the camera is pulled out and the top section of the camera is lifted. The film is loaded in accordance to the wording on the film holder itself. Interestingly, the winding key unscrews (with a left-handed thread) allowing the spool to be removed. Winding is done through this key and spacing determined with the ruby window on the back. I have manufactured a spool and a mask (see below) in order to be able to take pictures on 35mm film.
Unlike its bigger brother, the No.2 Bulls Eye, the viewfinder on the Pocket Kodak is very effective. It is a Watson type finder, but it is comparatively clear. Realistically, however, it is more likely to be just pointed at the subject.
I plan on taking this camera out soon and seeing how it functions. I wholly expect it to perform just as well as the Bulls Eye.