George Eastman

1854 (Waterville, New York) – 1932 (Rochester, New York)

Edison was an early customer of Eastman’s — their inventions were mutually complementary — and cooperated with him over a long period. Baekeland sold his photographic-paper invention to him for thirty times what he’d thought reasonable. Pathé had met Eastman early in the century, and made contact again in the 1920’s to merge their firms. Barnard briefly worked with Eastman (who was adept at employing the right people); Frances Benjamin Johnston had her first camera sent to her by Eastman, a family friend, and acted as his business agent in Washington, but it is unclear what kind of contact they enjoyed.

George Eastman knew…