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    1960 - KODAK ESTAR Film Base (a polyester film base) was introduced to give improved dimensional stability to KODALITH Graphic Arts Film. ♦ The RECORDAK RELIANT 500 Microfilmer was introduced and was capable of photographing up to 500 checks or 185 letters in one minute. ♦ Dr. Albert K. Chapman became vice-chairman of the board of directors and William S. Vaughn became president and chief executive officer.

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    1961 - The company introduced the first in its very successful line of KODAK CAROUSEL Projectors, which featured a round tray holding 80 slides. ♦ KODACHROME II Film was introduced, providing a significant improvement over the long-established KODACHROME Film.

    KODAK CAROUSEL Projector.

    1962 - The company's U.S. consolidated sales exceeded $1 billion for the first time and worldwide employment passed the 75,000 mark. ♦ John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, and Kodak film recorded his reactions to traveling through space at 17,400 miles per hour. ♦ Dr. Albert K. Chapman became chairman of the board of directors following the death of Thomas J. Hargrave.

    1963 - The line of KODAK INSTAMATIC Cameras was introduced, featuring easy-to-use cartridge-loading film, which eventually brought amateur photography to new heights of popularity. More than 50 million INSTAMATIC Cameras were produced by 1970.

    1964 - The Kodak Pavilion at the New York World's Fair was one of the ten largest buildings at the international exposition. The "Tower of Photography" featured the largest outdoor color prints ever exhibited.

    1965 - Kodak developed the super 8 format and launched super 8 movies with new cartridge-loading KODACHROME II Film. ♦ KODAK INSTAMATIC Cameras enabled picture-takers to take four flash pictures without changing flashbulbs. ♦ New automated processing systems reduced the processing time for x-ray films to a mere 90 seconds.

    1966 - The KODAK 2620 Color Printer incorporated an electronic memory to produce 2,000 to 3,000 prints an hour. ♦ "The photograph of the century," a close-up of the crater Copernicus on the moon, was made by Lunar Orbiter II, using a dual-lens camera, film, processor, and readout device supplied by Kodak. ♦ Combined sales of all Kodak units around the world surpassed $4 billion, and Kodak employment throughout the world passed the 100,000 mark.

    1967 - Relocation of the Camera Works plant was begun on a 600-acre site in the town of Gates, NY. The site, Elmgrove Plant, was the center of U.S. equipment manufacturing until its sale in 2000. Afterwards, its operations moved to other Kodak locations. ♦ William S. Vaughn became chairman of the board of directors and Dr. Louis K. Eilers succeeded him as president.

    1968 - Carolina Eastman Company was dedicated in Columbia, South Carolina, for the manufacture of KODEL Polyester fibers and yarn.

    1969 - Construction began on Kodak Colorado Division - a manufacturing unit for films and papers, located in Windsor, Colorado. ♦ A very special stereo camera made by Kodak accompanied astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong when they set foot on the moon. ♦ Kodak received an "Emmy" Award for its development of fast color film processing for television use. ♦ The KODAK EKTAGRAPHIC Slide Projector, Kodak's first slide projector designed for the professional audio-visual market, was introduced. ♦ The number of shareowners passed the 200,000 mark.

    1970 - A new film manufacturing plant in Guadalajara, Mexico was dedicated. ♦ The company's suggestion system received its one millionth suggestion. ♦ Dr. Louis K. Eilers became chairman of the board and Gerald B. Zornow was named president. ♦ More than 50 million KODAK INSTAMATIC Cameras were produced from 1963 to 1970.

    More than 50 million KODAK INSTAMATIC Cameras were produced from 1963 to 1970.

    1971 - Kodak introduced KODAK EKTACHROME 160 Movie Film (Type A) and two new super 8 movie cameras which, in combination, made possible "existing light" movies for home use. ♦ The Marketing Education Center (also known as the Riverwood site), opened as a training facility that offered a variety of educational services to professionals who used Kodak products.

    1972 - Kodak reduced the popular INSTAMATIC Camera to pocket size with the introduction of five different KODAK Pocket INSTAMATIC Cameras, using a new KODAK 110 Film Cartridge. The line was so popular that more than 25 million cameras were produced in slightly under three years. ♦ Walter A. Fallon became president and chief executive officer and Gerald B. Zornow was elected chairman of the board.

    1973 - The company unveiled sound home movies with the introduction of two super 8 sound movie cameras and cartridge-loading super 8 film, magnetically striped for sound recording. ♦ Worldwide employment passed the 120,000 mark.

    1975 - Kodak invented the world's first digital camera. The prototype was the size of a toaster and captured black-and-white images at a resolution of 10,000 pixels (.01 megapixels). ♦ Kodak introduced the KODAK EKTAPRINT 100 Copier-Duplicator, which received immediate industry acclaim for its high-quality copies and the user conveniences made possible by an on-board microcomputer.

    1976 - The line of KODAK EKTAPRINT Copier-Duplicators was expanded to six different models. ♦ New KODAK ORACLE and KODAK STARVUE microfilm products were introduced, providing high-speed, automated retrieval of the microfilmed images. ♦ New KODAK Instant Cameras, and a print film for self-developing color prints, were announced.

    1977 - Arkansas Eastman Company, the newest member of the Eastman Chemicals Division, began commercial production of organic chemicals. ♦ Walter A. Fallon was elected chairman of the board and Colby H. Chandler became president.

    1978 - Eastman Chemicals Division introduced EASTMAN KODAPAK Thermoplastic Polyester for use in manufacturing beverage bottles.

    EASTMAN KODAPAK Polyester Polymer Pellets, for use in manufacturing beverage bottles, were introduced in 1978.