The name “Kodak” was registered by George Eastman on this day in 1888, the same day Eastman was awarded a patent for the first roll film camera not needing a tripod or table for support. Eastman and his Kodak company would go on to dominate film and camera sales for more than a century, although the firm would be laid low in the 1990s when it is unable to stem the tide of digital photography (which, of course, needs no film). Kodak emerged from bankruptcy on Sep. 3, 2013 after selling off a large portion of its patent portfolio for more than half a billion dollars to a consortium of companies, including Apple, Samsung, and Google.

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