The Kombi combined camera and graphoscope was introduced and manufactured in 1892 by the Alfred C. Kemper Co. of 132-134 Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois. It received a patent on Dec. 20th 1892 by its inventor William V. Esmond of Chicago, who assigned half of the rights to Kemper. This camera was the first camera to combine the taking and viewing of photographs in the same instrument, and the first miniature roll film camera made of metal. Eastman agreed to make a special film size to accommodate the camera, which helped to ensure success. The camera was very well marketed and was capable of capturing 25 exposures 1 1/8 inch square in size or optionally it could take round photos through the use of a masking plate. The camera is made of brass with an oxidized silver finish and engraved with a decorative stripe and floral pattern. It measures approximately 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 2 1/8 inches. The Kombi was a popular innovative and inexpensive camera that proved very successful with 50,000 sold in the first year. It was originally priced at $3.00.
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