Kodak History Notes – Kodachrome

One of the most successful products that Eastman Kodak ever sold was their Kodachrome film. It was first produced in 1935 as movie film but the next year it began being sold as 35mm slide film. For many years it was used for professional color photography, especially for images intended for publication in print. In …

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Kodak History Notes – Reactor

Eastman Kodak at one time had a refrigerator-sized nuclear reactor in the basement of one of the buildings in Kodak Park. Kodak first used a university reactor to test chemical materials for impurities. Then in 1974 they acquired their own reactor called a a californium neutron flux multiplier (CFX) that had a core of Califrnium-252 …

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Kodak History Notes – Knocking Down Buildings

Just last Thursday I took the picture on the right of another building being knocked down at Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park). It is building 53 and it is along Eastman Ave. where there is a dead end at an almost empty parking lot. Click on the picture to see a larger version of …

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Kodak History Notes – Velox Paper

Velox photographic paper was the first to require a chemical solution to develop the prints. It was invented by Leo Baekeland in 1893. He is better known for his invention in 1907 of Bakelite plastic. In 1899 Baekeland and his business partners sold their company that produced the paper to Eastman Kodak for $750,000. Velox …

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Kodak History Notes – Super Glue

This is the first of an occasional series about Eastman Kodak; highlighting the best of the history of comapny, the failures and the forgotten (or maybe secret) history. In this case, it is of an invention that is all of those. What most everyone calls Super Glue was invented by a Kodak employee. In 1942, …

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Early Kodak Color Movie Test

Here is a test movie from 1922 of an early Kodak color film. It was filmed at Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In the movie are movie actresses Mae Murray and Hope Hampton, who is in her costume from the movie “The Light in the Dark” (1922). Also in the movie is Broadway …

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Kodak Movie Film Deal

Kodak competitor Fujifilm stopped making movie film last year. Kodak also was thinking of stopping the manufacture the film that was once used by most Hollywood studios. Sales of film stock have dropped from over 12 billion feet in 2006 to an approximate 450 million feet this year. That is a 96% decrease. Recently Kodak …

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Kodak Business Park For Sale

Eastman Kodak today announced that the property formerly known as Kodak Park and for the last few years called Eastman Business Park (EBP) is now for sale. The site contains 1,200 acres and many buildings comprising 7.2 million square feet of space. The Park is currently home to 50 different companies and within those companies …

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Early Kodak Catalogs Digitized

The Rochester Public Library has added a digitized collection of some of the early catalogs of the Eastman Kodak Company.  Most of the catalogs show the camera models available at the time. They also show other photographic equipment such as enlarging equipment, tripods and home developing kits. The catalogs also include the prices. If you …

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