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Submitted by Stacey Doyle,

One of the joys of processing paper collections in the Moving Image Department is seeing some of the truly astounding work that was done before a film made it to screen (for example, the conceptual artwork above). But occasionally the story of a movie ends with this pre-production work ...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Image from Technicolor

George Eastman House is deeply committed to film preservation and to advancing the understanding and appreciation of both the art and science of cinema. For the centennial of the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, our museum has organized a multifaceted project celebrating the company’s important contribution to the history of the medium.

Submitted by Anthony Labbatte,

December 28 marks the anniversary of the first-ever public exhibition of motion picture film in 1895. The film, a continuing advancement of image capture, production, and technology, was made of nitrocellulose base, referred to colloquially as nitrate. Close in chemical composition to gunpowder, this film was known to be inflammable, but was not considered dangerous ...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Dryden Theatre

As we head into the holiday season, I am reminded of the tremendous support that you, our valued members and donors, bring to George Eastman House. During the 65 years since the museum opened its doors, our members have ensured that countless visitors, students, and researchers continue to be inspired and educated by our world-class collections.

Submitted by Todd Gustavson,

On October 14, 1884, George Eastman received his first "film" patent (#306,594) for Negative Paper. While this was a paper film (not very related to the transparent product most people think of today) and not very successful, it eventually lead to improved versions incorporated into the first Kodak camera introduced in 1888 - a milestone in the history of photography.

Submitted by Jesse Peers,

Far be it from me to compare myself to George Eastman, but there’s at least one thing we have in common: We both had stages of our lives in which we were enthusiastic about bicycling ...

Submitted by Rachel Pikus,

"Around 1 p.m. we were overcome with the paranoid notion that we were waiting for a train that would never come. We threw on our packs and headed out into the wasteland of abandoned buildings to find answers ..."

Submitted by James Layton,

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, whose revolutionary color processes transformed cinema from black & white into a brilliant rainbow of color. As caretakers of the Technicolor Corporate Archive, George Eastman House is planning a series of events and collaborations to celebrate Technicolor’s enduring legacy ...

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Dryden Theatre

George Eastman House is, above all, committed to the preservation of the treasures with which we have been entrusted. It has been more than 25 years since we completed the construction of our archive and gallery building and restoration of George Eastman’s historic house and gardens. This transformational project was undertaken primarily to assure preservation of our world-class collections and to restore Mr. Eastman’s landmark home as a historic house museum. After a quarter century, the state of our facilities now requires comprehensive evaluation.

Submitted by JoeStruble,

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose -- by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare wrote these lines for Juliet to speak in the play “Romeo and Juliet” and the question they pose is sometimes relevant to the cataloguing of a photograph.

Images such as “Migrant Mother,” “Powerhouse Mechanic,” and “Afghan Refugee Girl” are familiar to us by these acquired names, sometimes merely descriptive, sometimes alliterative and even poetic ones.

Submitted by Todd Gustavson,

It has been 175 since Louis Daguerre introduced photography to the world. The Giroux daguerreotype apparatus is photography’s first camera manufactured in quantity.

On June 22, 1839, L.-J.-M. Daguerre and Isidore Niépce (the son of Daguerre’s deceased partner, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce) signed a contract with Alphonse Giroux (a relative of Daguerre’s wife) granting him the rights to sell the materials and equipment required to produce daguerreotype images.

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Dryden Theatre

When I was offered the position of director of George Eastman House, the only condition I required was that Thomas Jackson agree to continue as chair of our board of trustees through June 2014—a year longer than he had planned. From our first meeting, I knew that Tom and I had similar perspective on the museum and a harmonious worldview. I also knew that I would enjoy working with him. I considered Tom’s continued board leadership to be essential to assuring that I could focus my initial efforts on addressing the most pressing issues within the institution.

Submitted by Sophia Lorent,

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Submitted by AdrianeSmith,

The Freshman comes almost at the tail end of the Dryden’s “Gangsters” series (playing every Thursday in May and June).  And it certainly gives a strong wink and a nod to gangster movies, but it also pokes fun at academia, foodies, and a few other things along the way.

Submitted by Kate Cronin,

The experience of watching a silent film has never been truly noiseless. From the early teens well into the late 1920’s, silent films were almost always projected with some form of musical accompaniment, the nature of which varied according to the individual film and the scope of the theatre and clientele.

Submitted by Jesse Peers,

One of the neatest facets of the George Eastman Legacy Collection is the personal and business correspondence of George Eastman. Our vault contains 154 boxes of loose, incoming letters and 40 bound volumes containing Eastman’s outgoing letters in Letterpress format.

Submitted by Kolbe Resnick,

Tonight, the Dryden Theatre screens two of Les Blank’s most loving odes to culinary creativity, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers. These two lighthearted yet meticulously composed masterpieces are as endearing as they are interesting.

Submitted by Bruce Barnes,

Dryden Theatre

Over the winter, we completed the much-needed refurbishment of several galleries at George Eastman House. The improvements are dramatic. We have made all of these changes to better serve you, our members and visitors, and provide a better environment for objects on display. We are deeply grateful for the tremendous generosity of Bruce Bates, as well as Janet Reed and two anonymous donors, who funded the gallery refurbishments.

Submitted by Dean Sparks,

Fifteen years ago, I was in my mid 30s and I didn’t know anything about farming. I bought a farm in Chenango County near Binghamton, N.Y. and bought two of everything—goats, sheep, cows, chickens, and pigs. People called me Noah.

Submitted by Nancy Kauffman,

In honor of Mary Pickford’s birthday today, we look beyond her famous golden curls at her close association with George Eastman House and her early film preservation efforts.

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