Without KODAK...

Kodak has been there in the background for most of our lives. Sure you might have used a different brand camera, but if you were buying film you most likely bought Kodak. And if it wasn't for Kodak we wouldn't be collecting vernacular photographs. They made commonplace events a little more exciting. 

Here's a Kodak advertisement from the July 1918 The Delineator magazine. The copy reads:
The Kodak Album

All the little kings and queens of childhood's realm command your Kodak—command it to keep their picture story. Pictures of them and by them, pictures of their friends and their pranks—pictures that breathe the very joy and frankness of childhood. Such is the intimate picture story that makes the Kodak Album the most cherished book in all the house.

And picture taking is very simple now. Kodak has made it so.

Ask your dealer.

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, Rochester, N.Y., The Kodak City
And now I scour the flea markets and estate sales for these albums, hoping to find moments from another person's life captured by Kodak. And it's always fun when I find a piece of Kodak ephemera. It just makes more sense to put it on this site than my ephemera site. It sort of helps to tie the madness of collecting together.

Kodak ad_The Delineator_July 1918_tatteredandlost
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  1. After the third time to come look at this picture, I thought I should atleast say hello, and thanks for the great pictures.

  2. Well thank you. It's always nice to know someone is out there in the darkness staring at their screen looking in.