These 10 Incredible Photos Were Taken With The First Consumer Camera Ever

These days, cameras range from the incredibly user-friendly (point and shoots, smartphone cameras) to the complex and multi-featured (high-end DSLRs and the like). But one thing’s for sure: we wouldn’t have any of them if it weren’t for the Kodak.

Before Kodak came along, photography just wasn’t feasible for the average person, given how costly it was and how bulky the cameras could be. With the creation of the Kodak No. 1, with its pre-loaded film and relatively attractive price, regular folks could take their own photographs for the first time.

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From the National Media Museum:

The Kodak camera was the invention of an American, George Eastman (1854-1932). It was a simple, leather-covered wooden box – small and light enough to be held in the hands. Taking a photograph with the Kodak was very easy, requiring only three simple actions; turning the key (to wind on the film); pulling the string (to set the shutter); and pressing the button (to take the photograph). There wasn’t even a viewfinder – the camera was simply pointed in the direction of the subject to be photographed. The Kodak produced circular snapshots, two and a half inches in diameter.

Here are 10 fascinating photos, dating from around the 1890s, taken with Kodak No. 1s. Are these amazing or what?

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(via Gizmodo)

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