Everest On June 8th 1924 mountaineers Andrew Irving and George Mallory were seen approaching the summit of the as yet unclimbed Mount Everest. Suddenly the weather deteriorated and they were never seen alive again.
Mallory's body was found in 1999 but his VPK camera however was missing and with it proof perhaps that he and Irving may have made the first ascent of the mountain. Click here for more about this.
First World War (1914 - 1918). It was forbidden to take cameras to the front line. Many soldiers disobeyed this order however and took their easily concealed VPK cameras into the trenches with them. Knowing this, during the war years the VPK was advertised by Kodak as 'The Soldiers Camera'.
Heroic "Official" war pictures were designed to keep up morale, soldiers cameras could tell a different story.
Frank Hurley 1885-1962. As official photographer, between 1914 and 1916 Hurley was marooned in the polar ice with Shackleton on his ill-fated ship Endurance. Hurley's took a variety of cameras, including a motion-picture camera, a plate camera and a single Vest Pocket Kodak camera.
On abandoning ship Shackleton ordered that only possessions not exceeding 2 pounds weight could be removed. Hurley could keep only 120 glass photographic plates of the voyage and recorded the remainder of the odyssey with his VPK and three rolls of film.
Charles Lindbergh 1902-1974. Lindbergh, the American aviator who made the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21 1927 often carried a Vest Pocket Kodak camera on his flights - and once lost one in dramatic circumstances!
He made four emergency parachute jumps prior to his epic trans-Atlantic flight. On the first of these a parachute escape from a mid-air collision left him uninjured but that "during my descent I lost my goggles, my vest pocket camera and the rip cord of the parachute".