Eastman Kodak in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1888-04-24 Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman

Historic InventionRoll-film Camera

1888-09-04 George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

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Eastman's roll-film camera patent, U.S. Patent No. 388,850
Eastman's roll-film camera patent, U.S. Patent No. 388,850
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  • 1889-04-06 George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time
  • 1986-01-09 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGeorge Eastman

1854-07-12 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), born in Waterville, New York (d. 1932)

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGeorge Eastman

1932-03-14 George Eastman, American inventor (Kodak camera and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company), shoots himself in the heart at 77

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman