Flashback Friday: Kodak 1888

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Kodak Image One
Photo Credit: The Mirror UK

One-hundred, thirty-two years ago, today, inventor George Eastman received a patent (number 388,850) for [the shutter of a roll-film hand camera] and the trademark (number 15,825) for the Kodak name […].

Birth of a Company

In 1879, London was the center of the photographic and business world. George Eastman went there to obtain a patent on his plate-coating machine. An American patent was granted the following year. In April 1880, Eastman leased the third floor of a building on State Street in Rochester and began to manufacture dry plates for sale. Success of the dry plate venture so impressed businessman Henry A. Strong, that he invested some money in the infant concern. On January 1, 1881, Eastman and Strong formed a partnership called The Eastman Dry Plate Company. While actively managing all phases of the firm’s activities, [Eastman] continued research in an effort to simplify photography.

In 1883, Eastman startled the trade with the announcement of film in rolls, with the roll holder adaptable to nearly every plate camera on the market. [By] 1884, the Eastman-Strong partnership had given way to a new firm…the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company with 14 shareowners.

George Eastman History
Kodak

Building the Foundation
Web Archive

Kodak Instamatic Image Two
Photo Credit: Ebay

The immediate triumph of the camera prompted Eastman to change the name of his company from Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company to Eastman Kodak Company in 1892.

My very first camera was a late 70s Kodak Instamatic with 126 film. It was a gift from my paternal grandmother and it got a lot of use. ~Vic

Additional Reading & Sources:
From The Camera Obscura To The Revolutionary Kodak (Eastman Museum)
Kodak History (Kodak Company)
Kodak Wikipedia

10 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Kodak 1888

    Tippy Gnu said:
    September 4, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Looks like Eastman got the picture early. I think Eastman Kodak sounds a lot better than the Eastman Dry Plate Company, so that was a wise name change. “Dry Plate” sounds sort of like dinnerware that has just been toweled off.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 4, 2020 at 10:47 PM

      Got the picture early? *facepalm* Have mercy, Tipster. LOL!

      According to Kiplinger’s, Eastman chose the name because the letter “K” had been a fave of his and he wanted it to be short. “It must mean nothing.”

      And, contrary to popular belief, Paul McCartney’s wife is NOT connected to Kodak.

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        Tippy Gnu said:
        September 4, 2020 at 11:14 PM

        I didn’t know McCartney’s wife had been connected to Kodak. If anyone, I’d think it would be Paul Simon.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          September 4, 2020 at 11:23 PM

          Linda was Linda Eastman McCartney but, her father was an Epstein and changed his name to Eastman. There is a lot of chatter about her being part of Eastman Kodak and she’s not.

          Simon certainly made Kodachrome a household name.

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    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    September 5, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    I love the look of those Instamatic cameras plus the look of the earlier ones. Digital is great with somethings…like flowers and nature…but for people and places I love the Kodachrome look. I hated when they stopped doing Kodachrome.

    I believe another company has started it back. I know they have filters now that try to make it look like that but it doesn’t for the most part.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 5, 2020 at 3:04 PM

      Me, too and, that’s because we like retro stuff. I wanted to cry when I couldn’t get film for my Instamatic, anymore. It effectively made my camera a paperweight. I don’t even remember what happened to it, now. I took pix of everything…hence the boxes of pictures that haven’t been scanned, yet. ☺

      I think what you are referring to is the natural tint of the pix, commonly called “sepia.” A lot of picture software can alter digital photos to look “older.”

      So, there is a company selling retro cameras & film? Do you mean a lens filter?

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        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        September 5, 2020 at 7:11 PM

        Not just retro…Victoria…those pictures have soul. It’s like digital and vinyl. You can get film for it I think…companies make it now if I’m not mistaken…
        You can order film now…someone else is making it. When the big ones dropped it some others picked it up…I’m almost 100 percent positive.

        Dave was a photographer at one time…crime scenes and other things…he has talked about it I believe.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          September 5, 2020 at 3:28 PM

          I meant the camera, specifically. They are cooler looking than digital cameras.

          And, regarding pix, they are in the same category as analog music…texture. Digital anything is soulless. It’s clean and clear but, devoid of, yes…soul. I totally agree. An image imprinted on celluloid is just like laying down analog tracks. There is a true essence capture.

          I wish I knew what happened to my camera. Did you have one?

          Crime scene photography. Yuck. 🤮

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    bayphotosbydonna said:
    September 6, 2020 at 7:15 AM

    Woo hoo to the camera! I got my first in the late ’70s also but I do not remember the exact model. Wish I still had it for display in my house. 🙂

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 6, 2020 at 3:15 PM

      Yeah. We shutterbugs will wear out a camera. LOL!

      I wish I could find my old one. I’ve moved 23 times in my life. I lost it, somewhere, I guess.

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