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The Days Are Dwindling For Photographic Film

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Not that we needed to tell you – but – the end is almost near for non-digital cameras and film.  What with Kodachrome being phased out…people walking around with cameras on their smart phones…and the prices for professional-grade cameras on the decrease – there will probably come a day in our lifetime that “standard” cameras are a total thing of the past.

At the turn of the 21st century, American shutterbugs were buying close to a billion rolls of film per year. This year, they might buy a mere 20 million, plus 31 million single-use cameras — the beach-resort staple vacationers turn to in a pinch, according to the Photo Marketing Association.

Eastman Kodak Co. marketed the world’s first flexible roll film in 1888. By 1999, more than 800 million rolls were sold in the United States alone. The next year marked the apex for combined U.S. sales of rolls of film (upward of 786 million) and single-use cameras (162 million).

But it’s not just the film that’s disappearing.

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