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The Kodak Nikon DCS 100 was the first commercially available digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera (“Milestones”). With a price tag of $30,000 (roughly $51,000 today), the camera was marketed to professional journalists, such as Associated…

Photograph by Garry Winogrand
Released in 1954 and manufactured in Germany, the Leica M3 remains arguably the best 35mm rangefinder camera in its class. When the M3 first came out, single-lens reflex cameras (SLR cameras) were on the rise. This new camera design offered the…

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Magnetic Tape was invented by Fritz Pfleumer in 1928, improving on earlier designs for magnetic wire by Oberlin Smith in 1882. Pfleumer’s innovation was to use a celluloid sheet coated in ferric oxide powder. By charging a magnetic coil or…

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The iPad was first released on April 3, 2010. Its immediate success threatened to revolutionize the comic book industry.Digital versions of popular comics are now available via an assortment of mobile devices. Most of these devices attempt to…

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The Leicaflex was the camera of choice for Associated Press photographers during the Vietnam War. The Leicaflex was a single lens-reflex (SLR) camera that utilized a pentaprism finder with a mirror (Pasi 2012). The mirror was movable and resided…

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Contax cameras were 35mm cameras manufactured by Zeiss Ikon AG. The Contax I was advertised as a versatile camera with interchangeable lens options as well as other camera accessories in order to appeal to professional and amateur photographers alike…

Visualizing the World Wide Web.
If the Internet is the infrastructure, then the World Wide Web is the content; at least the content with which most people are familiar. As an information medium, the Internet provides people with a context in which to build content. The Web makes up…

Shirley Card
Shirley Card Shirley Cards are references photos from Kodak used for technicians to balance exposure, colors, and hues; these photographs were used all over the world, wherever Kodak printers were used. Technicians in film labs use these reference…

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The Triode amplifier was invented in 1906 by Lee de Forest. It improved on earlier designs like the Fleming valve by adding a grid with a charge in addition to the two diodes. By 1912 the amplifying properties of the triode had been fully fleshed out…

"Og- Son of Fire" uses a 3 x 3 panel layout.
The text bubble, the panel layout, one-shot publications, and the serialized narrative are all examples of the standardization of comic book formatting. Without these standards, the comic may not have developed into the recognizable literary form it…

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The Ribbon mic was invented by Harry F Olsen for RCA in the 1930’s, building off of work conducted by Dr Shottky and Gerlach in the 1920’s. The microphone improved immensely on earlier and alternative methods of recording by using a small nickel…

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In 1902, British postal legislation allowed for the divided back postcard, which meant it was possible to write messages on the back of the postcard. Originally, the front of a postcard would have a lithographed image or drawing (primarily…

A book in clamps, ready for adhesive binding.
At the onset of mass production, higher quality paper covers protected the magazine-size publications whose interior pages were made from the much cheaper pulp paper. The brightly colored, hand painted covers appealed to both adult and young adult…

Criminal I.D. card
In 1883, a French criminologist by the name of Alphonse Bertillon invented the first system of recording physical measurements, taking photographs, and record-keeping for police to identify criminals. Before Bertillon, suspects were only identified…

Hand painted cover art for pulp magazine.
Advancements in color ink technology allowed for brightly colored mass-produced serials that appealed to a wider audience. Serialized publication of original comics began to fill a niche in newfound consumer demographics. For the first time, the…

Amazing Stories, 1940
Prior to the advent of wood pulp paper, most paper was made from rag pulp. Collecting used rags to make paper was economical but limiting. When the rags ran out, so did the paper and it was expensive to use new cloth. These limitations kept the price…

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In 1829, Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre struck a partnership with fellow inventor Joseph-Nicephore Niépce to develop a method for capturing the fleeting images visible in a camera obscura. The two first successfully establish the daguerreotype…

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The Phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1878, building off of several prototypes most notably the Phonautograph, which was a machine designed to ‘write’ audio rather than play it back (Rutgers: The Edison Papers), (UCSB: Cylinder…

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The rotary press imprinted images using a rotating cylinder, which allowed for faster, more efficient, and higher quality printing. At upwards of 8,000 pages an hour, the steam-powered rotary press further increased the speed at which materials could…

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Although an advancement from the expensive tin-plate portraiture daguerreotype method, the wet-plate process is characterized as the infancy of photography (Gidley 2011). Wet-plate cameras were large and heavy, but relatively portable thanks to…
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