The Kodak No. 1 was the first camera available to non-pros. It let anyone document and share their day to day life.
It was the o.g. Instagram.
Uniquely, photos taken with the Kodak No. 1 were printed in charming 2.5″ sepia circles.
The National Media Museum just released a set of Kodak No. 1 photos and it turns out day-to-day life in the 1890’s was pretty cool. Boat rides, beach trips, and hats galore!
They inspired us to give our photos that Kodak No. 1 look. So, we cooked up this simple recipe:
- Crop your photo into a circle. We used PicFrame.
- Run it through a black and white Instagram filter but don’t post it. Put your phone in airplane mode before you hit “share” and when the upload fails, just X it out. (It’ll save the filtered photo to your phone.)
- Run the photo you just saved though Instagram one more time. This time, use a filter with a brownish tint for that ol’ timey feel. (We like Hefe and Sutro best).
- Turn off airplane mode and share away! (Whatever hashtag the first Kodak users used has been lost to history. But we’re using #Roundograph.)
It’s that easy! Give your photos that great 1888 look using just a couple of apps… Or invest in headwear (those folks seriously loved their hats).