Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 31st, 2009
The International Cryptozoology Museum receives generous donations regularly. I am grateful for each and every one of them, and how unique every one is. For instance, this week, these included a PayPal forwarded ten dollar monthly pledge from Ravenshadow, a $120 check through snail mail from a famed anonymous author, and most surprisingly, what has become known as “Roger Patterson’s camera.”
Robert Koster of Pennsylvania donated an authentic period example of a 16mm Kodak Cine-100 home camera, complete with its original box, which may be turned into a display case, and the original manual (pictured at near the bottom, below). It also came with the standard issued Kodak Cine Ektar 25mm f/1.9 lens.
Who would have guessed a simple 16mm camera, with only 28 feet of film left in the unit, would become such a significant historical item? What new lessons can be learned from a physical object that links directly back to an event occurring in 1967?
This Koster donation is an exact match to the 16mm Kodak Cine-100 home movie camera, the rented model that Roger Patterson used. Patterson, of course, along with Bob Gimlin, on October 20, 1967, at Bluff Creek, California, employed this type of camera to film what appears to be an adult female Bigfoot.
Never having physically held one before, what strikes you immediately about this hand-cranked 16 millimeter camera is how bulky and heavy it is. Although Daniel Perez has commented on this in print, the actual camera-in-the-hand feeling gives a very real sense of what an incredibly difficult task Patterson had to regain his balance, and then film the object moving away from him at a steady pace at Bluff Creek.
Some people have called this camera a “dinosaur,” and you can see why. It existed in an era long ago, when “hand-held camera” meant something much different than it does today.
Overjoyed with this new addition, I thank Robert Koster for this object which will keep on teaching into the future, and thanks also, to Daniel Perez for the idea and casual note that lead to me contacting Mr. Koster. It is an artifact that needs to be saved and shared.
BTW, Robert and I talked on the phone, and tried to imagine where Patterson’s original camera, which he used in 1967, might be today. Roger Patterson (pictured above), who died of cancer in 1972, cannot give any hints about where that camera is now. But, hey, after all, it was a rented Kodak Cine-100. Won’t it be great if a paper trail could be traced someday, and that old camera could be found in someone’s attic?
Until then, around the country and the world, old Kodak Cine-100 home movie camera stand-ins like this one are valuable physical objects that are continuing to give educational history lessons in cryptozoology.
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