"but I have taken with my Kodak views of it from various points"
Kodak camera advert, 1888
Public DomainKodak camera advert, 1888 - Credit: wikimedia commons

A Kodak was an old Victorian handheld camera, so popular that the Eastman Dry Plate Company that created it incorporated it into their name, becoming Eastman Kodak (still around and making cameras today). The Kodak, introduced in 1888, was cheap, compact, and easy to use. It made the previously very complicated process of taking photographs accessible to everyone. Their advertising slogan was: “You press the button, We do the rest.”

Image of the first Kodak handheld camera

History of Kodak