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The origin of KODAK name:
The letter “K” had been a favorite of the founder George Eastman‘s. He is quoted as saying, “it seems a strong, incisive sort of letter”. He and his mother devised the name Kodak with an anagram set. He said that there were three principal concepts he used in creating the name:
- It should be short.
- It should be clear so that no one cannot mispronounce it.
- It could not resemble anything or be associated with anything but Kodak.
Though it has also been suggested that “Kodak” originated from the suggestion of David Houston, a fellow photographic inventor who held the patents to several roll film camera concepts that he later sold to Eastman. Houston, who started receiving patents in 1881, was said to have chosen “Nodak” as a nickname of his home state, North Dakota (NoDak). This is, however, not yet proven and there are historians who cite that Kodak was trademarked prior to Eastman buying Houston’s patents. As such nothing can be proven and Houston’s association with the name “Kodak” remains a mystery.