On this day in 1921, this one national Kodak ad was run in the Athens Banner for two local businesses:
The more expensive Autographic Kodak cameras had been introduced in 1914, and allowed the user to write the date (or other information) on the film. When developed, the picture included the data written at the time the photograph was taken.
Though George Eastman had paid the inventor of this system $300,000.00 (akin to millions today) to use it exclusively for his Kodak cameras, changes in photographic technology made it unworkable by the 1930s.
The Brownie had been introduced in 1900, and was the first camera made for the every man, woman, and child at a price of $1.00, akin to about $30.00 in today's money. You can see images of these early Brownie cameras by clicking here.
- Athens Banner, Nov. 1921 - Feb. 1922 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Athens Historic Newspaper Archive collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.
- Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs by Maureen Alice Taylor in the general collection.
- More Dating Old Photographs, 1840-1929 by Maureen Alice Taylor in the general collection.
- 1919 Kodak ad showing Autographic Camera being noted, via Google Books.
- The Brownie Camera at 100 page on the Kodak website.
- George Eastman: A Biography by Elizabeth Brayer in the biography collection.
- Measuring Worth website.
- The Origins of American Photography by Keith F. Davis in the new books collection.
- Restoring Classic and Collectible Cameras by Thomas Tomosy in the general collection.
- The Kodak Guide to Digital Photography by Rob Sheppard in the general collection.
- The Amateur Photographer's Handbook by Aaron Sussman in the general collection.