This Day in History: Roll Film Camera Patented

Thanks to wired.com for pointing out the significance of September 4--it is the 119th anniversary of the day when George Eastman received a patent for a roll film camera and registered the name For me, Eastman's story seems inextricably linked to the rise of America in the 20th century: innovation, industrialization, mass marketing. Now it's the 21st century, and industrialization has been replaced by globalization, and film by electronic sensors. So let's stop for a moment and meditate on all t

Thanks to wired.com for pointing out the significance of September 4--it is the 119th anniversary of the day when George Eastman received a patent for a roll film camera and registered the name "Kodak." For me, Eastman's story seems inextricably linked to the rise of America in the 20th century: innovation, industrialization, mass marketing. Now it's the 21st century, and industrialization has been replaced by globalization, and film by electronic sensors. So let's stop for a moment and meditate on all the Eastman created.
--David Schonauer