Kodak employees were busy celebrating an important birthday Wednesday – that of their founder George Eastman.
Kodak decided to celebrate Eastman’s 163rd birthday by supporting his philosophy and philanthropy through the company’s “Print for Good” program. The initiative aims to help schools and neighborhoods throughout the area and around the world by donating books to promote literacy.
Also in honor of Eastman’s birthday, and for the first time ever, you can hear his voice. The George Eastman Museum unveiled 14 never before seen videos. The videos range from clips of Eastman while on a safari in Africa to a trip to Alaska. And they were only recently digitized.
“George Eastman was very known in his time period,” said Eliza Kozlowski, Director of Communications & Audience Development at George Eastman Museum. “The challenge is he was a very private person so unlike Henry Ford and Thomas Edison and Rockefeller and Vanderbilt, he didn’t want the name Eastman known. He wanted the word Kodak to be known. He was all about the product.”
The videos will soon be available on the museum’s website.