Thursday, March 14, 2013

That's a wrap

George Eastman, the American inventor who developed a process that not only simplified the method of making photographic plates, but also allowed them to be mass produced with relative ease, died on this day in 1932.

Eastman introduced flexible film in 1884 and the first mass produced camera for amateurs, the Kodak box camera, in 1888.

Eastman made a fortune and donated vast sums to universities, dental clinics, and musical institutions. At the age of 77 and plagued by a painfully debilitating spinal disease, Eastman put his affairs in order, wrote a note, and committed suicide. His last words:

"My work is done, why wait?"