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The 130-year-old photographic film pioneer has filed for bankruptcy protection

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George Eastman (L), founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, is shown with fellow inventor Thomas Edison, in this undated publicity photograph from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film's press site. Eastman Kodak Co, which invented the hand-held camera and helped bring the world the first pictures from the moon, has filed for bankruptcy protection January 19, 2012, capping a prolonged plunge for what remains one of America's best-known companies. The 130-year-old photographic film pioneer, which had tried to restructure to become a seller of consumer products like cameras, said it had also obtained a $950 million, 18-month credit facility from Citigroup to keep it going.

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Two of Eastman Kodak's most successful cameras, a Brownie Special Six-20 (L), circa 1938-1942, which sold for $4, and the Pocket Instamatic 20 (R), which sold for about $28 in 1972, are shown January 12, 2012 in this studio illustration in Washington. Eastman Kodak Co, which invented the hand-held camera and helped bring the world the first pictures from the moon, has filed for bankruptcy protection, capping a prolonged plunge for one of America's best-known companies.

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This image entitled Negro Boy shot near Cincinnati, Ohio by John Vachon, between 1939-1943 is part of the US Farm Security Administration photo project. The project was the first to take advantage of Kodak's revolutionary colour film which was officially retired Dec 2010. During its eight-year existence, the section created the 77,000 black-and-white documentary still photographs (also at the Library of Congress) for which it is world-famous. Beginning in 1939, it created 644 color documentary still photographs.

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Cover of a Kodak Movie News magazine, published by Eastman Kodak from the Fall of 1961.

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An Eastman Kodak Carousel slide projector, with 35mm color slide and film cannisters, are shown January 6, 2012 in this studio illustration in Washington.

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Steven J. Sasson, Eastman Kodak Co. project manager, shows his prototype digital camera he built in 1975 next to Kodak's latest digital camera the EasyShare One, at Kodak headquarters in Rochester, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005.

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Eastman Kodak black and white film, negatives, film development reels and black and white photographic prints are shown January 6, 2012 in this studio illustration in Washington.

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Kodak Advantix film which was introduced Thursday, Feb. 1, 1996. The Advanced Photo System was a new drop-in film cartridge, which became available along with specially designed cameras April 22, 1996.

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In this Sept. 4, 2008 file photo, Old Kodachrome slides are seen in Clarence, N.Y. The Eastman Kodak Co. retired its most senior film after 74 years in the company's portfolio because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age.

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The Associated Press and the Eastman Kodak Company introduced the News Camera 2000 Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1994. The digital NC 2000 offered features making it ideal for breaking news stories, including complete portability, instant images, removable image storage, and better color, speed and flexibility than any other portable electronic camera.

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In this Sept. 16, 2010 photo, CVS manager Shanlee Carey poses for a photo demonstrating a Kodak kiosk in East Amherst, N.Y. Kodak has more than 100,000 kiosks installed at retail businesses worldwide.

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