Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co trade stand, c 1889.
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actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Eastman Dry Plate & Film Co trade stand, c 1889.

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of the Eastman Dry Plate & Film Company stand at a trade fair, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1889. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to Eastman's introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. 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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