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Kodak Camera Founder George Eastman Dies In 1932..
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March 15, 1932
NEW YORK TIMES, March 15, 1932
* George Eastman suicide death (1st report)
* Kodak camera inventor - roll film
This 44 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page that include
* EASTMAN A SUICIDE; NOTE TO FRIENDS SAYS 'WORK IS DONE'
* Sends Doctor and Nurses From Room at Rochester Home and Then Fires Shot
* LONG BROKEN IN HEALTH
* Had Given Away $75,000,000
and more. (see) Much more on page 14 with headlines and photo of Eastman. (see) Loads of text, too much to photograph here. Tells of the suicide death of kodak camera inventor George Eastman.
Other news of the day throughout. Light browning with minor margin wear, few unrelated mends, otherwise in good condition.
wikipedia notes: George Eastman (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932) founded the Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, helping to bring photography to the mainstream. Roll film was also the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888 by the world's first filmmaker Louis Le Prince, and a few years later by his followers Léon Bouly, Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers and Georges Méliès.
He was an American inventor and philanthropist, who played a leading role in transforming photography from an expensive hobby of a few devotees into a relatively inexpensive and immensely popular pastime.
In his final two years, Eastman was in intense pain, caused by a degenerative disorder affecting his spine. He had trouble standing and his walking became a slow shuffle. Today it might be diagnosed as spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal caused by calcification in the vertebrae. Eastman grew depressed, as he had seen his mother spend the last two years of her life in a wheelchair from the same condition. On March 14, 1932, Eastman committed suicide with a single gunshot to the heart, leaving a note which read, "My work is done. Why wait?" His funeral was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester; he was buried on the grounds of the company he founded at Kodak Park in Rochester, New York.
Category: The 20th Century