This re­port is from the Na­tional Sci­ence and Me­dia Mu­seum

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In the 1800s, pho­tog­ra­phers needed to be skilled chemists to de­velop pho­to­graphs them­selves, and, as pho­to­graphs were ex­pen­sive to pro­duce, they were usu­ally only avail­able to the wealthy.

But on 4 Septem­ber 1888 Amer­i­can in­ven­tor Ge­orge East­man re­ceived a li­cence to pro­duce the Ko­dak, a cam­era that would go on to change pho­tog­ra­phy for­ever. Made up of a small hand­held box with a lens, con­tain­ing pa­per film roll, peo­ple would take their own pho­to­graphs, then send the film to Ko­dak to de­velop. How­ever, it wasn’t un­til 1898 when Ko­dak cre­ated a cheaper cam­era, called the Brownie (pic­tured), that pho­tog­ra­phy be­came eas­ier and more af­ford­able. Dis­cover more at the Na­tional Sci­ence and Me­dia Mu­seum.

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