1954 3¢ George Eastman
Issue Date: July 12, 1954
City: Rochester, New York
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 10 ½ x 11
Color: Violet brown
Photography pioneer George Eastman (1854-1932) is featured on U.S. #1062. Born in Waterville, NY, in 1854, Eastman is remembered as the inventor of flexible film. Years later, this invention led to the development of the motion picture.
Eastman’s family moved to Rochester, New York, when he was six. In 1880, he introduced an innovative dry photographic plate. Then in 1888, he revolutionized photography with the Kodak. This lightweight, box-shaped camera contained film wound on rollers, which eliminated the need for plates. The low-cost and easy-to-use camera made photography available to amateurs. Eastman Kodak Company became one of the biggest photographic film and camera manufacturers in the world.