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WHO IS GEORGE LAYNE ?

Otherwise known as Kaptain Kodak, I have been collecting and studying items relevant to the history of the Eastman Kodak Company since 1970. I was active with the Photographic Historical Society of New York City for many years, writing articles for their journal about Art Deco Kodak cameras and other areas of Kodakiana.

In 1975 I joined the medical staff of the psychiatric division of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia where I discovered that the Langenheim Brothers were involved with that institution in the 1840s. I wrote about that relationship in the journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Society as well as History of Photography Journal when Heinz Henisch was editor.

I am now writing a book on the early Kodak cameras known as stringsets, Eastman's first cameras from 1888. If you have one of these, I would love to know about it. You can contact me about that at GEORGELAYNE@AOL.COM,

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Paul Nadar history correction

One of the more unlikely sites for a photographic history museum might be

Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1890 Paul Nadar, son of Felix Nadar, traveled to

Tashkent, documenting the “ Silk Road.” He used the new favorite of travel

Photographers, the Kodak Camera. In 2010 an exhibition of Nadar’s photographs

was held at the House of Photography in Tashkent. The exhibition was featured

on the British Photographic History site. In the description of the exhibition,…

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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 18:44

Kodak Catalogues CD available in Bradford

The Kodak Catalog Project was successfully brought to fruition with over 200 CDs being given away at the PhotoHistory XV Symposium in Rochester two weeks ago.  Another 50 CDs each were given away to the book stores at the two leading Kodak museums in Rochester and Bradford, England. All a gift from Charlie Kamerman of Oregon who produced the CD from his personal catalog collection with additions from collectors around the world.

The Kamerman CD features:

1. 73 different Eastman…

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Posted on November 15, 2011 at 16:30

Stringset Kodak Camera Survey

Dr. George Layne of Philadelphia is working on a book about the earliest cameras of George Eastman, the Stringset Kodaks. So far, he has over four hundred examples in his database, including the 47 in the collection of the National Media Museum in Bradford. He is looking for more. If you have one of these cameras, and you haven't already participated in this project, please contact Dr. Layne at GEORGELAYNE@AOL.COM.

The cameras of…

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Posted on August 30, 2010 at 1:05

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