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  • Item Type: Technology

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…

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a 22.3-megapixel camera that costs $3,499—1/10 the cost of the Kodak Nikon DCS 100 (Pritchard 2014). Equipped with the Canon CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, the camera was developed to deliver “clarity and…

Figure 1: Detail of CMYK dot pattern
As printing techniques continued to progress at the turn of the 20th century, color became the next big hurdle for photography and eventually printing. With halftone printing, the challenge was being able to better integrate text and image such that…

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…

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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…

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…

Figure 1: Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo Studio photographing in the gallery
Digital Photography is arguably one of the most influential inventions in image sharing technologies. The history of digital photography gets its earliest start from the work of George Smith and Willard Boyle of Bell Laboratories. Originally working…

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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…

Landmarks of a face
Facial recognition software utilizes automated computational analysis to recognize and then measure the various features of a face. Since every face has different distinguishable “landmarks,” or different shapes and contours that define facial…

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Much like the Gordon Jobber became the grandfather of the letter press, so did the Fourdrinier machine become the grandfather of the paper making machines. Alternately called the “paper machine,” the Fourdrinier machine was invented and patented…

Figure 1: Google Art Project view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Petrie Court
Many museums around the world have been working tirelessly to make their collections and even publications available online for the public. With the Google Art Project, Google’s Cultural Institute aimed to go one step beyond this by making the…

Figure 1: Halftone Print of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1910
When Daguerre first wrote on his discoveries of photography, he imagined several possible uses including valuable application to science, art, and even the leisure class. Much of those early ideas have since come to be, however one of the earliest…

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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…

Figure 1: Kodak Slide Transparencies
Once photography became a stronghold for both professional and personal documentation, the technology continued to develop to become increasingly user-friendly and stable. Many early techniques were laborious and if not conducted properly, the…

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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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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…

An Early Pamphengos Lantern
When thinking of magic lanterns, fine art education isn’t what necessarily comes to mind, however this technology served as a precursor to more modern day technologies, such as slide projectors and PowerPoint, and helped promote the use of…

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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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MP3 is the name given to a way of processing an audio signal in post-production through compression. It was invented by the Motion Pictures Experts Group through various teams at University of Hannover, AT&T - Bell Labs, and others. MP3’s rely on…
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