My George Eastman Posts Receive a Response, Blowing Snow Video

Today I received a comment on my post here from Dresden Engle, Public Relations Manager, George Eastman House which I found very interesting and I thought you would, too!

Dear Pam,
THANK YOU for sharing your images of George Eastman House with the world (and your devoted readers).

Please allow me to answers two questions, one posted here and one from a late entry:

The Kodak camera of 1888 was loaded for 100 exposures. That camera cost $25, which was about six-weeks wages at the time. Processing was an additional $10. While it did mark the start of mass photography, the camera was expensive for most yet easy to use, sold using Eastman’s clever slogan, “You Press the Button, We Do The Rest.”

The Brownie of 1900, however, truly marked the birth of popular photographer, as it sold for $1 and film for 15 cents. Please note, however, the camera was loaded with only six exposures. Yet, it was a quality camera and a hit with children and adults alike. Eastman knew children were the future of photography, naming the camera after an elfin storybook character created by British author Palmer Cox. He included children in advertisements and noted in ad copy language such as, “The Brownie can we operated by most any schoolboy or schoolgirl.” Eastman also marketed to women, an novelty at the time …

To answer the question about what happened to the Brownie, Kodak produced and sold more than 150 models of the Brownie worldwide from 1900 until 1970, the last year the Brownie was manufactured.

Regarding the motion picture machine you saw in the Machines of Memory gallery, which you referred to as a “coin operated moving picture machine,” it is in fact an Edison Kinetoscope from 1894. The Kinetoscope is one of the earliest commercially produced motion picture systems, and used film Eastman adapted from his 1888 Kodak camera. The label was there, just posted on top of the case and clearly too high for you to see. We’ll see what we can do about moving it lower …

Thank you, again, for featuring Eastman House and our collection!

Dresden Engle, Public Relations Manager,
George Eastman House

Today I woke up to blowing and drifting snow and white-outs. And even though I vowed not to take anymore photos or videos of snow here’s a video of the trees blowing around in back.


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Spring will be here soon, it really will! I know it will be!