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Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co

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13 Soho Square, London - the London office of a US company.

1881 George Eastman and Henry A. Strong formed a partnership known as the Eastman Dry Plate Company. Eastman quit his job as a bank clerk to devote himself full time to the business.

1884 The business was changed from a partnership to a corporation with 14 shareowners when the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company was formed. Eastman Negative Paper was introduced. Eastman and an associate invented a roll holder for negative papers.

1885 Eastman American Film was introduced - the first transparent photographic "film". The company opened a wholesale office in London, England: Eastman Photo Materials Co

1888 The name Kodak was born and the Kodak camera went on the market. This was the birth of snapshot photography. An office in London's Oxford Street was opened by the time company's trademarks were registered for photographic apparatus.

1892 Formation of the Eastman Kodak Co of New York.

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