George Eastman ~ KODAK


Recently, My hubby and I drove to Rochester, New York, to visit the area where we lived for four years. While we were there, we toured the home of George Eastman...The creator of Kodak.

A beautiful home built in 1905-1907

George was only 8 years old when his father passed away, leaving Mrs. Eastman alone to raise several Children. George's mother took in boarders to support her family and George dropped out of school at age 14 to help out. He was not a gifted boy but was able to get a job as an office boy at a local insurance agency. He later became a bookkeeper at the Rochester Bank.

When he was 24, he became interested in photography and found the equipment was very heavy to use and costly. In 1888, he invented his first camera using a roll system to instead of glass plates.

What does the name "Kodak" stand for?   nothing!  George made it up because he wanted a word that was associated with nothing else and had it's own identity. He invented the Brownie camera in 1900 with a $1.00 price tag. It became very popular with serviceman and children.

The company slogan became "You push the button and we do the rest"

In all, it is estimated the Eastman Contributed more than $100 million of his wealth for philanthropic purposes during his lifetime. He established the prestigious Eastman School of Music in 1921 and the Eastman Dental College. Both are still in existence today.


He never married and built the home for himself and his ailing mother. In later years he suffered from severe diabetes and a spinal cord condition. So on March 14, 1932, at age 77, he took his own life with a single gunshot to the heart.
 He left a note saying "My work is done, why wait?"
















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12 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing. I love tours of these fine homes. You made some fine captures with your camera and George Eastman would surely agree.
    One photo it looks like the coffee table is like a small dining or game table. I like tables like that and thought of using my small drop leaf table in the middle of my living room between the sofas. Love the floral sofas and wall of tiles in the bath.

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    1. Thank you, Betsy, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. It is a beautiful home.

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  2. My first time here. Great post. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thanks,Katie, and have a great week!

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  3. Oh, the Kodak mansion is a must see in Rochester as well as the museum. Probably a highlight of our trip to upstate NY a few years ago. Love this post, you really did the mansion and the man...justice. Thanks, Sandi

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    1. Wasn't it very interesting!! We lived in Rochester for four years and loved the area.

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  4. That's very interesting. I love learning new bits like that... I love the fact that the name meant nithing! And what a beautiful home he had! It's gorgeous. Does anyone live there now? It seems kind of a shame for it to sit there empty.

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    1. No one lives in the home now. It's open for tours so that everyone can enjoy it!

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  5. Wow, Suzy, the house looks wonderful. I grew up in Rochester quite a while back. The house wasn't furnished like this -- in fact, I don't think it was open. I remember a museum and the theatre -- I was lots of films at the theatre. Thanks for the flashback. I saw your link at Amaze Me Monday.

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    1. We toured the house back in the 90's, when we lived there, and it wasn't this nice. Since then they have collect his furniture, that had been sold in the past from all over the country and redid the house.

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  6. This is beautiful! Wow!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  7. Gorgeous tour!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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Thank you for stoppin' by and leaving a comment...I'll be over to see you in just a little bit !
Suzy