George Eastman: A Biography

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University Rochester Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 637 pages
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Now back in print, this life of George Eastman is the first biography since 1930 of the man who transformed the world of photography. In this revealing and informative work, Brayer shows us how such key innovations as roll film and the light, hand-held camera helped the Eastman Kodak Company dominate the world market. More importantly, Brayer draws a vivid portrait of the man behind the money. Eastman worked hard at staying out of the limelight and even insisted that his donations be kept anonymous, prompting the Boston Globe to call him "America's most modest and least-known millionaire." Despite his retirement in 1925, Eastman showed little sign of slowing down. Making money had been interesting, but putting money to work became more so. In the 1920s he designed a special camera for use in orthodontia and established elaborate dental clinics for needy children around the world. He oversaw the building of the Eastman theatre and the Eastman School of Music. His contributions built a new campus for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a new medical school for the University of Rochester. Finally, he became the largest contributor to the education of African Americans during the 1920s and the Tuskegee Institute's most important benefactor. Elizabeth Brayer lives in Rochester, NY. For the past 18 years she has served on both the George Eastman Legacy and the Landscape committees at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. She writes about the history of central and Western New York State. George Eastman: A Biography was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1996.
  

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Contents

Eastmans and Kilbourns
10
An Amateur There
24
Scoop the World
40
We Do the Rest
59
England and America
73
Prayers and Paper Wars
94
Photos by the Mile
109
The Gay Nineties
121
Philanthropy under a Bushel
334
Mr Smith Goes to College
335
Pull Is a Verb
350
My Hometown
363
Manifest Destiny
386
Over There
402
Kodak Man to Be Worlds Doctor and Dentist
417
Music in Every Direction
442

Prince Henry and the Earl of East Avenue
137
A Salute for the Czar
152
GE versus Albions City
168
The Power of Combination
187
Crazy about Color
217
The Garden of Eden
231
The House That George Built
244
From Oak Lodge to Tuskegee
262
Dalliance
279
GE and His Architects
296
The PlatinumMounted Farm
320
The Final Decade
469
Dear Mr Eastman
471
Trust Your Organization
484
Diminuendo
497
My Work Is Done
515
The Homecoming
527
Abbrev1at1ons and Notes on Secondary Sources
531
Notes
539
Index
609
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Elizabeth Brayer has been Eastman historian at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film. She writes about the history of central and western New York state.

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