George Eastman invented dry, transparent, and flexible, photographic film (rolled photography film) and also created “Kodak cameras” that could use the new film.
George Eastman and the Kodak Camera
George Eastman was one of the driving forces behind the invention of portable and effective cameras during the industrial revolution. The Kodak Camera changed many aspects of America, including journalism, entertainment, and many other fields.
Developing the Emulsion Coating Machine
Eastman developed an emulsion-coating machine; this allowed him to mass-produce photographic dry plates, at a commercial scale. It began to economize the photography industry.
The Beginnings of Success
Eastman officially began the commercial production of dry plates. He started small; in a rented loft of a building in Rochester, N.Y. From here he began to be recognized as a promising inventor.
The name "Kodak" was established and the KODAK camera was placed on the market. The slogan, "You press the button - we do the rest," became famous as hundreds flocked to purchase the cameras. This was the birth of snapshot photography.
The Pocket Camera
The Kodak “pocket camera” was announced; it was an extreme improvement on the portability of cameras during the time. This new invention utilized “roll film”.
The Folding Pocket Camera
Kodak announced the Folding Pocket KODAK Camera (which is now considered the ancestor of all modern roll-film cameras). It produced 2 1/4-inch by 3 1/4-inch negatives; these remained the standard size of negatives for decades. This year also marked the beginning of the company's suggestion system. It provided cash payments to employees for suggestions that improved the company's operations, an aspect of management that was new for the industrial revolution.
The New Line of Brownies!
The first of the famous “Brownie Cameras” was placed on the market. It sold for a mere $1 and used film that cost only 15 cents per roll. For the first time, the hobby of photography was within the financial reach of virtually the entire populace, economizing the photography industry.
The Kodak Developing Machine
The Kodak Developing Machine simplified the processing of roll film and made it possible to develop film without using a darkroom, allowing consumers easy access to their photographs.
Kodak Non-Curling Film
KODAK Non-Curling Film was introduced, which was the standard for amateur photography for about 30 years, having a lasting effect on the industry.
Kodak Shows Support
Kodak developed a new series of aerial cameras, and began to train aerial-photographers for the U.S. Signal Corps during the time of World War 1.
Kodak Motion-Picture Film
The company introduced its first motion-picture photographic film, designed especially for making sound motion pictures, which were extremely new at the time.