Monday, November 26, 2012

Eastman House/Our World

 George Eastman

Last Friday, (Yes, Black Friday) a few family members and I got to peak into the life of George Eastman (1854 to 1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company, the camera and film company.

 Closeup of portrait made of up of many photos

We visited the 50-room Colonial Revival mansion in Rochester, New York, where Eastman lived from 1905 to 1932. It is now a museum.

 Conservatory

To the far right of this photo (and not visible here) is a an organ with huge pipes that transform this mansion into a HUGE pipe organ, An organist was playing when we were there and the sound was phenomenally beautiful for anyone who took the time to soak in the sound.

 May I offer you a cup of tea?

But most visitors were touring the house to take in the opulence there, and...

 Crystal chandelier

it was definitely a wow experience. As you can see, the mansion was decorated for Christmas.

Stairway to second floor

Fun to see, for sure, but I was disappointed not to see more (although I did see some that I am not showing in this post) of the history of photography.
More photos from Our World can be seen by clicking HERE.

39 comments:

Tina´s PicStory said...

the puzzle is cool! :)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love those pictures which are made of many little photos ... so cool! way creative!! ( :

Buttons said...

Now that is one very fancy place. I thank Mr Kodak all the time, my life changed with my first roll of film. B

Dianne said...

I love the grand staircase!!
I'd love to make an entrance ;)

see you there! said...

An amazing mansion, I wonder how many visitors it gets. Looks empty, bet you had a great time.

Darla

EG CameraGirl said...

Hi there, Darla!

Actually, the place was CROWDED! I had to wait for people to move out of the frame and then click quickly. ;))

Penelope Postcards said...

Such an interesting portrait made up of tiny pictures like pixels. The home oozes with charm … how grand it must have felt to actually live in such a setting. I think some of us who have a passion for taking pictures must feel a little grateful for the ingenuity of this man. :)

Kathy said...

What a fun tour!

Muffy's Marks said...

I can't imagine living in all that grandeur!! Such a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Chrissy Brand said...

I like the mural of Mr Eastman- clever.

TexWisGirl said...

very cool portrait! :)

rainfield61 said...

We thank Mr. Kodak.

But Mr. Kodak never thanks us anymore.

Sandra said...

my first two camera's were Kodak.. i love that tea room.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I am impressed you got those pictures with so many people about. George changed the world for so many.

Karen said...

What a neat place to explore! That portrait is awesome!

ladyfi said...

Oh, I love that Eastman portrait!

LONDONLULU said...

He really did a lot for photography - I love that close-up of the mural! (I've not been able to find great exhibits of photography history in recent memory, though if you ever make it further downstate, the International Center of Photography in NYC always has good exhibits:)

RedPat said...

I love touring these old mansions - a style of life that doesn't exist many places anymore.

Carver said...

Great shots and interesting post. The portrait made of many photos reminds me of one at the NC art museum that is the Mona Lisa made up of spools of thread in different colors. Standing back from it it looks just like the Mona Lisa and you have to get close to realize it was made of spools of thread. At first I thought that's what this one was.

RuneE said...

The series shows what fortunes could be made from film and photography. A pity the company is (almost) no longer with us.

Janet said...

A great man! I really like the portrait made of pictures.

Kate said...

An amazing man with foresight. And, what an amazing home; I'd love to live in a place like that for awhile.

Stephanie said...

Love the portrait!

Craver Vii said...

I wish Kodak/Eastman had been able to keep pace with digital technology. The name stirs fond memories for me.

You know, I was just saying to the Mrs. how we need a conservatory in our home... ;-)

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic post for the day, EG!! I love the portrait made of portraits!! How neat! And what a house, the stairway is awesome!! Terrific captures! Hope you have a great week!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Pure luxury. Those old homes are so grand and beautiful.

cieldequimper said...

I wouldn't have expected anything less!

Gary said...

Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Lowell said...

This gives new meaning to the word, "luxury." Stunning. I'd love to hear that pipe organ! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

Fun60 said...

Luxury indeed. I am surprised the house isn't full of his photographs.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, is right. What a wonderful house. I have a new item for my bucket list. I want to be sure to hear the organ.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a fantastic tour of the Eastman home! The portrait made of photos is really cool! it is neat to see how the rich and famous live. Thanks for sharing, have a great week ahead!

Halcyon said...

Next time I'm in Rochester, I'm definitely stopping here. What a beautiful and wonderfully preserved home!

Andy said...

The wife and used to go to Rochester on shopping trips. I always wanted to take a tour of the Eastman museum. You photos make me feel sorry that I never did.

Jack said...

Thank you for taking the tour and then sharing it with us! It is a grand home, which is not surprising for a man who was so inventive and successful.

Randy said...

My hero! I love that photograph.

NatureFootstep said...

we always do want to see more, don´t we? This looked good though. :)

Small City Scenes said...

Wow and double wow!! Luxury doesn't even begin to describe this mansion. But I love it. Eastman was quite the man and inventor. Thanks for sharing. MB

Rose said...

What a place! It would have been hard to absorb it all I think.

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