A couple, each holding up a number in front of their face circa 1905
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A snapshot of a smartly-dressed man and woman, each holding up a number on a card in front of their face. It was taken in the early 1900s. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of everyday life and experiences.