Two men on the deck of a ship, c 1890.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of two men sitting on the deck of a paddle steamer- one reading, the other studying the horizon with binoculars, 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.