George Eastman was an entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Eastman Kodak Company. In 1884, he patented the first film in roll form that was workable. Four years later he developed the Kodak camera, the first camera designed to use roll film. He created the term Kodak, which became synonymous with cameras. He also coined the slogan You press the button, we do the rest. By the late 1890’s he was the leading international supplier of film stock. When trade unions were organized in 1910, Eastman conceived worker benefits programs and established a profit-sharing program for all employees. He promoted Florence McAnaney to head the personnel department, making her the first woman to hold an executive position in a U.S. company.
George Eastman’s inventions made him one of the richest men of his generation, he was also one of the most outstanding philanthropists of his era. He donated more than 100 million dollars to projects including two historically black colleges in the South and several in European cities. Eastman founded the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the University of Rochester established the school of medicine & dentistry as well as the Eastman School of Music.
This George Eastman History Mug is part of our Science & Inventors series which includes many unique individuals who shaped our world through their actions.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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