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The oldest roll of consumer film now sits inside a New York museum

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While most Americans now carry a tiny camera in their pockets, the oldest roll of the film that started consumer photography now sits quietly inside a New York museum.

The George Eastman Museum recently acquired what s considered to be the last known roll of Kodak Original 1888 film, putting it on display July 11.

Each roll of film took 100 2.5-inch circular images.

When the camera was released with the slogan You press the button, we do the rest they meant it — consumers sent the entire camera back in to be processed, and for $10, received the images back and the camera loaded with a new roll of film.

The camera itself sold for $25 at the time.

The film was also where Kodak first became successful after earlier attempts to reach the professional photography market fell flat.

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