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First Kodak Box Brownie

Kodak Box Brownie
Box Brownie No 2

It’s always a sad day when a household name finds itself in trouble and so it is with Kodak

How many of us started out, taking photos with a Box Brownie, pocketing our reels of film, never quite knowing what the results of our endeavours would be.

Unlike the age of digital photography, there was no instant result and the wait for our ‘snaps’ was always filled with excitement.

George Eastman, born in 1854 in New York was an inventor who invented the first roll film in 1884 and the Kodak Box camera in 1888.

His Eastman Kodak Company manufactured the first Box Brownie camera in 1900. Go online to explore all that he achieved at the International Museum of Photography and Film

So dig out all the black and white Brownie snaps and have an indulgent moment….

When you go through old family photos, do you ever wonder about the camera that took the shots, who owned it, how much did they cost? There’s so much in a photograph besides the image.
Look for the connections that flow through your own family history, whether through occupation, hobbies, migration or location.

We can help you to explore your family history in a new and exciting way, visit Intriguing Family History and let us show you how or visit an Intriguing Connections site showing a one name study taking flight!

You could use an Intriguing Connection site to curate your photographs, ask us how at Intriguing Family History


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Tailors and Family History

A plethora of tailors and dressmakers in our own family trees made us stop and think about the role of the tailor in the community and how they went about their everyday work and we will get to that but first Many in our families were tailors in Hampshire between Portsmouth and Hambledon. It just…

Marks and Spencers opens 1894

Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer open the first of their ‘Penny Bazaars’, at Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Marks arrived in Britain from Poland, penniless, illiterate and did not speak English. Spencer befriended him and lent him £5, which he used to start selling from market stalls. Their stores sold a range of household goods ‘don’t ask…