The very first Kodak “box“ camera was designed specifically to use roll film and the photos were printed in a circular format …

David Goran
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The KODAK camera introduced in 1888 by George Eastman, an American innovator and entrepreneur, was the first “box” camera to become widely adopted by the public and its design became the archetype for box camera designs introduced by many different manufacturers. He perfected the Kodak camera, the first camera designed specifically to use roll film.

The use of flexible roll film meant that the cameras were light and portable and could be used without the encumbrance of tripods and the attendant difficulty of using glass photographic plates which were typical of earlier cameras.

It was a simple, leather-covered wooden box – small and light enough to be held in the hands. Taking a photograph with the Kodak was very easy, requiring only three simple actions; turning the key (to wind on the film); pulling the string (to set the shutter); and pressing the button (to take the photograph). Before the introduction of the Kodak, photographers were responsible for making their own arrangements for the development and printing of their pictures. Photos: National Media Museum

Beach photographer, about 1890

Boy paddling in the sea, about 1890

Children paddling in the sea, about 1890

Children paddling in the sea, about 1890

Children walking with a wheelbarrow, about 1890

Baby elephant at the zoo, about 1890

Girl looking in a rock pool, about 1890

Kingsbury and Neasden station, about 1890

Metropolitan railway steam locomotive, about 1890

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