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Nature volume 127, page 370 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



GEORGE EASTMAN is a man of great faith, enormous energy, and indomitable perseverance. He left school at fourteen years of age (1868) and worked in an assurance agency, and a year later he became practically interested in photography. In 1877, after he had been working hard making emulsions and a coating machine, often all night, for he was still engaged as a clerk during the day, he determined to make plates commercially, and in 1879 he patented his coating machine, and in 1880 he was in business for himself. In 1884 he got the notion of a transparent film, and was obsessed with its advantages? and in the same year, in conjunction with Mr. Walker, he patented the roll holder. These were the beginnings of the Eastman Kodak Company.

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