photography

The first Kodak snapshots

63This is what the first Kodak snapshot photos looked like. This is a 5×3.75 inches 1890s albumen snapshot of Petersen House in Washington DC, where American President Abraham Lincoln died. The building was across the street from the Ford Theater where he was shot during a play by prominent actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. The first Kodak snapshots have a distinct a thin circular image photographic print pasted to a cardboard mount. The backs usually have the Eastman company stamping for easy identification. Eastman’s snapshot process was revolutionary, for the first time allowing the average person to take his own photographs and have the photos made for him or her via mail. Before then, photographs were usually only shot and made by well trained professionals with their own processing labs.