George Eastman made picture-taking available to everyone


George Eastman, the subject of this week’s column, was not a Western man, but he perhaps made possible the earliest tourist photographs of the American West. Born in Waterville, NY in 1854, George lived on the family farm until they all moved to Rochester in 1860 where his father began a business college. Unfortunately, the elder Eastman died when George was seven. His mother had to take in boarders to survive.


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