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Books by and about Kodak


Eastman Kodak, one of the giants of photography, has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports the BBC. Sad but not surprising news as they have hardly been a player in the digital age although I do have a very good little Kodak video camera for filming the children playing the fool.

Kodak has been around for 133 years and that means there is a wide selection of books about Kodak itself, books featuring Kodak’s cameras, adverts and catalogs, instruction books and even books written by founder George Eastman. Here are some Kodak books (and an antique camera!) from the collectible end of the spectrum.

The most interesting one is Through Jamaica with a Kodak by Alfred Leader. Published in 1907, this travel book sheds light on the era when photography was becoming available to ordinary people. The cover, which is eye-catching, is an early example of a photo being incorporated into a book’s cover artwork.

There are a couple of interesting books dealing with the company’s legacy – The Story of Kodak by Douglas Collins and History of the Kodak by Mina Fisher Hammer.

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