Smithsonian

Girls Camera

In 1888, the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company introduced a small handheld camera, the Kodak, with the slogan "You press the button, we do the rest." The Kodak made snapshot photography possible. After taking the pictures—100 exposures on each roll—the amateur photographer sent the film to the company for developing, leaving the time-consuming darkroom work to professionals.

Credit: Handheld Camera, ca. 1890s, 4” high, 7” long, Photographic History Collection, Division of Information Technology and Society, NMAH.