Kodak Happy Times

Kodak Happy Times
Kodak Happy Times

This camera was one of the most exciting finds! Once I heard this camera existed, every now and then I would check eBay for it and see that it was selling anywhere from $200-$400. I would put "low" offers in, in hopes somebody would just want to get rid of it, but no such luck. One evening (April 14th 2013), we were at my parentís house for dinner and my grandfather was visiting. Bob and I were showing him our camera website and we started talking about the Coca Cola camera and to explain what it looked like better, I pulled it up on EBay. No joke, there was a Coca Cola camera selling for $19.95 with 2 minutes left! My heart racing, I had to log into my EBay to try to make a bid on this camera before the auction ended! Of course I was so excited that my first time logging in, my credentials were wrong :o) But then I was able to get into my EBay account, make the big, and win us the Coca Cola Kodak camera! This camera is coming from Georgia.

Fun fact: This whole time, I had been putting Coca Cola Polaroid Camera into the EBayís Search. But itís actually a Kodak! I didnít even realize this until Bob told me! It was a lucky find to have somebody not know what they were selling and labeled it a Polaroid!

General Information

Years Made1978-1979 (39 to 40 Years Old)
FilmPR10 Film
Weight784.00 g (1 lb, 11.65 oz.)
Date AcquiredApril 20th, 2013
Quantity Produced19,000
Battery1 x J
Country of ManufactureUSA


Features

Tripod Socket Integrated Flash Auto Focus Self Timer Date Back Hot Shoe Cold Shoe
No No No No No


Technical Notes

The Kodak Happy Times camera was originally a promotional item given out when a case of Coca-Cola was purchased. 25,000 of these cameras were produced, however the promotion did not go as well as expected, and 6,000 were recalled to become Kodak EK2 cameras, also known as 'The Handle' due to the large handle.

Later, Kodak was sued by Polaroid, and part of the class-action lawsuit had Kodak collecting the plastic nameplate (HAPPY TIMES line on this camera), in exchange for cash perks. Many cameras from this era have been destroyed since the film is no longer produced, and even fewer still have the nameplate intact.

This is the only Kodak camera ever produced that does not have a Kodak logo, however it does say "Made in U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Co." on the lower portion of the lens housing.


Comments (3)

Mama wrote on April 23rd, 2013
What a neat story to go along with this camera!! I think I enjoy the stories of how you acquired each one more than the camera itself!! LOL
Bob wrote on June 20th, 2013
Thanks Mama! We certainly do have some adventures finding these cameras all over the place, that's for sure!
Peter Venema wrote on May 26th, 2015
Dear Sir, Madam, Most of your information is correct - However the 6000 odd cameras returned to Kodak were NOT re-issued as Kodak EK2 , but as PLEASERS The Kodak EK2 has a grey body and a black lens area - whereas the Pleaser has a beige body and brown lens area - Also NOTE - the cameras concerted back to PLEASER have the BLACK shutter button like the Coca Cola camera has -and are very RARE - Also in FRANCE a Pleaser camera with the advertisement for chocolate was issued - named CHOKY - very rareI have an ALMOST 100% complete collection of Kodak instant cameras with the important additional aspect that I have every BILINGUAL Kodak instant camera, produced for Canadian markets that includes the VERY RARE bilingual EK8 camera

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