Ansco Shur-Shot, about 1948
This popular Ansco amateur camera is from the GAF Corporation’s historic camera collection
In 1888, George Eastman opened the field of photography to casual enthusiasts with the introduction of the handheld Kodak camera.
Unlike earlier, more cumbersome cameras using glass-plate negatives, the Kodak came preloaded with a roll of flexible film and was returned to the manufacturer for developing and printing. Men, women, and children embraced the new technology and the opportunity it gave them to document their everyday lives.
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This camera is part of the "Cameras Before Digital" display at the National Museum of American History.