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11 Photos Taken With The First Kodak Camera

Take a look at day-to-day life in the 1890s. Pictures courtesy of the National Media Museum.

1. It had been possible to take photos for nearly half a century prior to the Kodak No.1’s invention.

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2. But when it was launched in 1888 it revolutionised popular photography.

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3. Before its release, photography was complicated and expensive.

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Woman reading a book, 1890.

4. The camera was invented by an American, George Eastman (1854-1932). It was a small, leather-covered wooden box.

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5. To operate it you simply turned a key, pulled a string, and pressed a button.

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6. There was no zoom facility: you simply pointed it at your subject.

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7. And these stunning circular photographs resulted.

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8. The camera had enough film for 100 photographs.

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9. Once the film had been exposed, the entire camera was returned to the factory for the film to be developed and printed.

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10. It had a great sales slogan: “‘You press the button, we do the rest.”

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A beach photographer.

11. You can see more images on the National Media Museum’s Flickr feed here.

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