Kodak Brownie Starlet and Flash

The Kodak Brownie Starlet is a very basic point and shoot camera for 4x4cm pictures on 127 film, 12 pictures per film. It was launched in 1957 and  this one was produced in France. It was part of the very popular Star series, millions were made. It has flash contacts and matching flashes were sold, often in a pack. To keep costs down, Kodak used simple plastic lenses, often branded
"Dakon" lens, a name that they previously used for simple shutters.

Its main features are:

"Dakon" meniscus lens, 2 apertures, F11, F16, focus free
Shutter 1/40, rotary, double exposure prevention
Size 85 x 85 x55  Weight  160 gr.

Camera and bulb flash attached.

Camera and flash rear.

Camera front. Lens, viewer. Sunny setting, F16. The shutter release is a small lever on the left side of the housing.

Cloudy setting, F11.

Camera back. Viewer and red window. If you really want to use the camera, put a piece of scotch over the red window except when you advance the film.

Camera top.

Camera bottom. No tripod socket, wouldn't make sense with 1/40 single speed.
Film wind and opening lever.

Film insert, seen from the back
with curved film plane to compensate the vignetting of the simple lens.

Film insert.

Flash open. You would need a 22.5 volt battery. It uses AG1 or PF1 bulbs.

These are the ultimate basics of a roll film camera, focus free, single shutter speed and 2 apertures. Point and shoot only. If you choose the right film, ISO 200 in general and ISO 100 on very sunny days, you can shoot outside photos that look OK. The rest will be "Lomo" style. Seen the price of 127 film I would probably not run a roll through it. It came with a plastic camera lot, so I had it for free. It's more an item for collectors although there are still many of them around.