Home > Back to Search Results > Kodak Camera Founder George Eastman Dies In 1932...
Click image to enlarge 594892
Show image list »

Kodak Camera Founder George Eastman Dies In 1932...

Item # 594892

March 15, 1932

THE BETHLEHEM GLOBE-TIMES, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1932 

* George Eastman suicide death 
* Kodak camera inventor - roll film 

This 18 page newspaper has one column headings on page 5: "DEATH OF EDISON SADDENED EASTMAN", "Kodak Manufacturer Also Grieved Over Passing of Hubbell" and "Dreaded Long Illness" Coverage on the suicide of Kodak camera inventor George Eastman.

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Minor spine wear, otherwise 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