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George Eastman: A Biography

Brayer, Elizabeth

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ISBN 10: 1580462472 / ISBN 13: 9781580462471
Published by Univ. of Rochester Press, Rochester, NY, 2006
Condition: Fine copy in fine dust jacket Hardcover
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8vo, 637 pp., Inscribed & signed by the author on the front free endpaper., The first scholarly biography of Eastman. Bookseller Inventory # 063999

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Title: George Eastman: A Biography

Publisher: Univ. of Rochester Press, Rochester, NY

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: hardcover

Illustrator: Illus. with photos

Book Condition:Fine copy in fine dust jacket

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: reprint edition..

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Now back in print, this life of George Eastman is the first biography since 1930 of the man who transformed the world of photography. In this revealing and informative work, Brayer shows us how such key innovations as roll film and the light, hand-held camera helped the Eastman Kodak Company dominate the world market. More importantly, Brayer draws a vivid portrait of the man behind the money. Eastman worked hard at staying out of the limelight and even insisted that his donations be kept anonymous, prompting the Boston Globe to call him "America's most modest and least-known millionaire."

Despite his retirement in 1925, Eastman showed little sign of slowing down. Making money had been interesting, but putting money to work became more so. In the 1920s he designed a special camera for use in orthodontia and established elaborate dental clinics for needy children around the world. He oversaw the building of the Eastman theatre and the Eastman School of Music. His contributions built a new campus for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a new medical school for the University of Rochester. Finally, he became the largest contributor to the education of African Americans during the 1920s and the Tuskegee Institute's most important benefactor.

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The innovative founder of the Eastman Kodak Company was not generally known for his thirst for adventure, his love of art and classical music, or his philanthropic activities, yet these were all important aspects of the man. George Eastman (1854-1932) was a complicated individual who lived most of his long, industrious life out of the public eye; his private affairs both admirable and dubious are now out in the open, thanks to this scholarly and scrupulous biography. Eastman is revealed as cold, shrewd, modest, and surprisingly generous in this colorful portrait. The text is appropriately enhanced by a number of rare photographs.

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