Binghamton, NY: The Goodwin Film & Camera Company, [ca. 1915]. Small 8vo., 16 pp., illustrated from b&w photographs. Pictorial paper wrappers. Slight wear; very good. Item #29868
The Reverend Hannibal Goodwin (1822-1900), a New Jersey clergyman, patented a method for making transparent, flexible roll film in 1887. The patent was not granted until 1898. In the meantime, George Eastman had started production of roll film using his own process. In 1900, Goodwin set up the Goodwin Film & Camera Co., but before film production started, he was involved in an accident and died from his injuries. His wife sold the company in 1901 to E. & H. T. Anthony Company and Adams and Scovill. These two firms merged into Anthony and Scovill, which was renamed the Ansco Company in 1907. After offering to sell the rights to Eastman, who rejected the offer. In 1913 they sued Eastman Kodak for infringement of the patent, and were eventually awarded a sum of slightly more than $5 million.
A priced catalogue for the No. 1 Goodwin Junior, No.1 Folding Goodwin, No. 1A Folding Goodwin, No. 3 Folding Goodwin, Nos. 2 and 2A Goodwin Box Cameras, combination back, film pack holders, portrait attachments, view finders, and film. A few prices have been canceled and raised.