Today in Media History: Do you remember the first photo you ever took? This event in 1884 helped make it possible

Do you remember the first photo you ever took?

The history of experimental and professional photography can be traced back to the 1820s, but personal photography wouldn’t begin until the late 19th century.

On October 14, 1884, George Eastman received a patent for roll camera film, which became the basis for his popular Kodak box camera in 1888.

That little box, and all the personal cameras leading up to our digital phones today, have shared images and memories for more than 125 years.


“For Eastman, the 1880s was a dynamic decade. In 1884, he hired William Hall Walker, a camera inventor and manufacturer, and together they designed the Eastman-Walker Roll Holder, which allowed photographers to advance paper film through a camera rather than handle individual plates.


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