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Object Name: 35 mm film strip
Date: 1935-1950
Medium: Plastic
Dimensions: Overall: 3 × 1 3/8 in. (7.6 × 3.5 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Description: A clear strip of 35mm film, with sprocket holes on both edges, printed in black "George L. McCarthy/ President/ Recordak/ The Most Widely Discussed Machine In The Business World Today/ Recordak Corporation/ subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company/ 350 Madison Ave. New York, N.Y."
Credit Line: Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Object Number: 2002.1.4699
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In 1931, a microfilm camera was patented by New York City banker, George L. McCarthy (U.S. No. 1,806,763). He developed the first practical commercial microfilm use in the 1920's and was issued a patent in 1925 for his Checkograph machine. Designed to make permanent film copies of all bank records to deter fraud, the device used motion picture film and a conveyor belt to photograph checks before they were returned to bank customers. In 1928 Eastman Kodak bought his invention and began to market it with McCarthy as president of Kodak's Recordak Division. With a perfected 35mm microfilm camera, Recordak in 1935 expanded and began filming and publishing the New York Times on microfilm.