A camera for the people
In 1888, George Eastman introduced the handheld Kodak camera--one of which is shown here unassembled. The Kodak was the first camera simple enough to be used by large numbers of amateur photographers. It was sold with a 100-exposure roll of film sealed inside. When the roll was completed, the whole camera unit had to be mailed back to the company in Rochester, NY, for development, printing, and reloading. The early Kodaks remained popular until 1900, when Eastman released the less-expensive Brownie. The Brownie came equipped with a removable film that did not have to be sent back to the plant. It sold for $1.
||George Eastman, born July 12, 1854, Waterville, NY; died March 14, 1932, Rochester, NY
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