Laying a road, c 1890.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 31cm x 32cm

Laying a road, c 1890.

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a group of men constructing a road, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1890. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to 1888 when George Eastman (1854-1932) patented the first Kodak camera. A small box camera it was sold ready-loaded with a roll of negative stripping paper providing 100 circular pictures 2.5 inches (64mm) in diameter. In 1889 Eastman introduced the No 2 Kodak camera which took slightly larger circular photographs, 3.5 inches in diameter. 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.

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