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American inventors George Eastman and Frank Brownell revolutionized cameras in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eastman created a light-weight, portable camera that was easier to use than other cameras, which were very heavy and complicated. But Eastman’s Kodak camera was still expensive, and cameras remained rare. Brownell made a similar camera, the Kodak Brownie, which was even easier to use and much more affordable. Soon, many people were photographing every-day life.

Read more about how the Brownie changed photography here.

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