Kodak camera, serial #6 Eastman Dry Plate & Film Company, Rochester, N.Y., Nov. 15, 1887. George Eastman ordered six sample cameras from Brownell Manufacturing in November 1887 for testing purposes. This is the only known survivor of those six, making it the oldest known Kodak camera. The name was trademarked on Sept. 4, 1888.
Photography for Everyman
- On Sept. 4, 1888, George Eastman received U.S. patent #388,850 for his box camera.
- Eastman also registered the trademark Kodak.
- Eastman and his mother devised the name Kodak with an anagram set.
- By 1896, 100 Kodak cameras had been sold.
- In an effort to bring photography to the masses, Eastman introduced the Brownie in 1900 at a price of just $1. It became a great success.