A Look at Photos From Kodak’s Glory Days (Photos)

A look at photos from Kodak’s glory days.

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In 1900, Eastman Kodak introduced the Brownie, the first mass-market camera that allowed anyone to take a picture. Since then, the company has been on the cutting edge of photography. It supplied the film used on the Apollo 11 missions and was even the first to put together a working digital camera. Ultimately, Kodak couldn’t keep up in the digital marketplace. In 2009, the company stopped selling its Kodachrome color film and, by 2010, it had fallen to seventh place in terms of digital cameras sold. Now, the 130-year-old company is filing for bankruptcy and may shutter its doors for good. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the storied company’s past.

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The Kodak Girl

In 1893, Kodak created "Kodak Girls." These pretty young women were featured in their advertisements.

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You Press the Button We Do the Rest

An 1888 ad suggests a Kodak camera as a wedding present.

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A Gentleman and His Camera

A Kodak camera at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 1889.

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A Company Town

An Eastman Kodak Company building, photographed in 1890, in what remains the company town, Rochester, N.Y.

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Kodak in the Home

A young girl photographing her doll with her Kodak, circa 1917.

Kodak World Traveler

"Take a Kodak With You" is the slogan for the portable Kodak roll film folding camera, 1913.

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The Magic of Kodak

Pioneering female photographer and onetime Kodak employee Frances "Fannie" Benjamin Johnston, showing off her Kodak to a group of young girls, circa 1900.

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Kodak Gives Back

To celebrate the company's 50th anniversary, Kodak gave away a half-million cameras to American children in 1929.

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Great American Inventors

Kodak founder George Eastman shows Thomas Edison his new color camera in the yard at the Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y., 1929.

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Kodak 1954

A 1950s advertisement for Kodak film and cameras.

Kodak in France

A 1963 advertisement for the Kodak Instamatic.

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Kodak Innovation

Kodak introduced its Disc Camera and film in 1982. The camera had an aspheric lens that was patented by Kodak, and featured a low-light sensor to automatically activate the flash.

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80 Slides Nonstop

The Kodak slide projector made looking at family photos a group activity.

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The Yellow Box

The signature yellow box was once a staple in photographers' bags. But with the success of digital cameras, it became a novelty item.