Celebrating the Life of Kodak

Before the camera phone was a thing, there was the Kodak camera. Here's to the camera that revolutionized photography.

By: Janet Lee

Photo By: Science & Society Picture Library

Photo By: Science & Society Picture Library

Photo By: DEA / A. DAGLI ORTI

Photo By: Smith Collection/Gado

Photo By: Smith Collection/Gado

Photo By: Smith Collection/Gado

Photo By: Smith Collection/Gado

Photo By: Science & Society Picture Library

Kodak Brownie

George Eastman marketed the original Brownie to be an inexpensive camera for the mass market. The camera, which was designed by Frank Brownell, was literally a cardboard box with a wooden end, yet it took perfectly good photographs.

Kodak Brownies

Eastman named the camera after characters popularised by the Canadian children's author, Palmer Cox. This camera, which was produced in a range of colors, was the first to be designed and built at the new Kodak camera factory at Harrow, Middlesex.

Kodak Brownie

Kodak camera, model Brownie 127, 1939.

Kodak Instamatic X-15

Close-up of Kodak Instamatic X-15 film camera, ca 1960s, using the 126 cartridge format.

Kodak Instamatic 100

Close-up of Kodak Instamatic 100 film camera, ca 1965, using the 126 format.

Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10

Close-up of Kodak Pocket Instamatic 10 film camera, using the 110 film format with customizable flower power insert, ca 1970s, on white background.

Kodak Tele-Instamatic

Close-up of Kodak Tele-Instamatic film camera, ca 1970s, with two-position telephoto lens and using the 110 film format.

Kodak Film

A roll of transparent film for use in the Kodak camera. The important feature of the Kodak was not the camera itself but the new photographic system marketed to support it. It was sold pre-loaded with enough film to take 100 photographs.

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