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George Eastman was an inventor who brought photographic film to the typical household. His invention of the film roll set the stage for easily portable cameras and brought the idea of motion pictures to other inventors.George Eastman was born in Waterville, New York, on June 26, 1854. He patented the process and launched a manufacturing venture in Rochester, New York in 1879, in partnership with Col. Strong, to produce this product.Eastman patented his first flexible, paper-backed roll of film in 1884, he reorganized his operation at the Eastman Dry Plate & Film Company. Further products included a folding camera in 1897 and color film in 1920.Eastman Kodak factory employees in Rochester and Harrow, England numbered 3,000 by 1900 and 15,000 in 1920.During his life, Eastman contributed more than $100 million to numerous organizations, particularly the University of Rochester, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Tuskegee and Hampton institutes.In Rochester on March 14, 1932, in the depths of The Great Depression, George Eastman took his own life. Eastman's innovations made photography accessible for the masses. For the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1954, Eastman was honored with a postage stamp from the United States Post Office.