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In common with newspapers, radio and television at this time of year it seems appropriate to look forward to 2013...The year will see the: 

  • Thirtieth anniversary of the National Media Museum. The museum opened as the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford in 1983, with a remit to explore the art and science of the image and image-making.
  • The Royal Photographic Society will commemorate its 160th anniversary, The Society was founded in London as the Photographic Society in 1853 and held its inaugural meeting on 20 January that year.
  • 'Kodak' celebrates its 125th anniversary. The word Kodak was registered as a trade mark in 1888 and the world's first [original] Kodak camera was introduced that year.
  • Kodak also introduced the Instamatic camera fifty years ago in 1963 based around the new Instamatic cartridge designed to make film-loading fool-proof.
  • Leica has an important centenary and 90th anniversary. In 1913 The first Leica prototypes were built by Oskar Barnack at Ernst Leitz Optische Werke, Wetzlar. Ten years later in 1923 a pre-production run of 31 cameras were built.

There are probably others. What else happened in 1838 (175th), 1863 (150th), 1888 (125th), 1913 (100th), 1938 (75th) 1963 (50th), and 1988 (25th), 2003 (10th) or on any of the less obvious dates?

Please add your suggestions below.

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Comment by Terence Pepper on January 1, 2013 at 23:27

Good to hear about these anniversaries..at the NPG we are planning displays to mark the centenary of the birth of Francis Goodman (previously F.J.Gutman) 1913-1989 and Alexander Bassano who died in 1913.

Comment by Robert Alexander Albright on December 30, 2012 at 21:59

In July 1888 Eastman's Kodak camera went on the market with the slogan "You press the button, we do the rest". The world's second experimental movie film, Roundhay Garden Scene, filmed by Louis Le Prince on October 14, 1888 in Roundhay, Leeds, is now known as the earliest surviving motion picture. 

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