34 Facts About George Eastman


George Eastman was an American entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company and helped to bring the photographic use of roll film into the mainstream.


George Eastman is regarded as one of the most influential and well-known residents of Rochester, New York.


George Eastman has been commemorated on several college campuses and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the George Eastman Museum has been designated a National Historic Landmark.


George Eastman had two older sisters, Ellen Maria and Katie.


George Eastman was largely self-educated, although he attended a private school in Rochester after the age of eight.


George Eastman's father died of a brain disorder on April 27,1862.


The second daughter, Katie, had contracted polio when young and died in late 1870 when George Eastman was 15 years old.

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The young George Eastman left school early and started working to help support the family.


George Eastman recognized that most of his revenue would come from the sale of additional film rolls, rather than camera sales, and focused on film production.


When Thomas Edison and other film producers formed the Motion Picture Patents Company in 1908, George Eastman negotiated for Kodak to be sole supplier of film to the industry.


George Eastman took interest in color photography in 1904, and funded experiments in color film production for the next decade.


George Eastman was close to his mother and to his sister Ellen Maria and her family.


George Eastman had a long platonic relationship with Josephine Dickman, a trained singer and the wife of business associate George Dickman.


George Eastman became especially close to Dickman after the death of his mother, Maria Eastman, in 1907.


George Eastman was an avid traveler, enjoyed music and social gatherings, and had a passion for playing the piano.


In 1915, George Eastman founded the Bureau of Municipal Research in Rochester to gather information and make government policy recommendations.


In 1920, George Eastman established the George Eastman Savings and Loan to provide financial services to Kodak employees.


George Eastman wrote several articles to promote the system, including "Problems of Calendar Improvement" in Scientific American and "The Importance of Calendar Reform to the Business World" in Nation's Business.


George Eastman was chairman of the National Committee on Calendar Simplification and his calendar was one of two finalists from more than 150 to be presented to the League of Nations.


In 1925 George Eastman gave up his daily management of Kodak and officially retired as president.


George Eastman remained associated with the company in a business executive capacity until his death as the chairman of the board.


In 1915, George Eastman provided funds for the establishment of the George Eastman Dental Dispensary in Rochester.


In 1929 he founded the George Eastman Visiting Professorship at Oxford, to be held each year by a different American scholar of the highest distinction.


George Eastman rejected several requests to meet with NAACP representatives, including a direct appeal from president Walter White in 1929.


From 1925 until his death, George Eastman donated $10,000 per year to the American Eugenics Society, a popular cause among many of the upper class when there were concerns about immigration and "race mixing".

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George Eastman had trouble standing, and his walk became a slow shuffle.


George Eastman suffered from depression due to his pain, reduced ability to function, and since he had witnessed his mother's suffering from pain.


On March 14,1932, George Eastman died by suicide with a single gunshot through the heart.


George Eastman arrived at the scene to find the workforce shocked and upset.


At least one chronicler said that George Eastman's fear of senility or other debilitating diseases of old age was a contributing factor to his action.


George Eastman disdained public notoriety and sought to tightly control his image.


George Eastman was reluctant to share information in interviews, and on multiple occasions both Eastman and Kodak blocked biographers from full access to his records.


George Eastman is the only person represented by two stars in the Film category in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one on the north side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard and the other one on the west side of the 1700 block of Vine Street.


George Eastman had built a mansion at 900 East Avenue in Rochester.