Ten of the best Kodak ads of yesteryear (VIDEOS)


posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM EDT


News landed yesterday that Kodak would be pulling itself out of bankruptcy by leaving consumer markets behind, and focusing on imaging technology and commercial printing. While Kodak film is still going to be manufactured by Eastman Kodak, it'll be under the control of Kodak's own UK pension plan, which bought that division earlier this year. (Yes, it's a bit confusing.) So, with Kodak poised to become a shadow of the household name it once was, we thought we'd take a few minutes to look over some of the best Kodak advertisements from years past.

These ads, which stretch from the 1950s all the way up to the 80s, give an idea of just how big of a name Kodak was for such a long time — and how many incredible (and forgettable) products they produced over the years.

With all of that in mind, we think now would be a great time to reminisce over Kodak. What do you think's going to happen to the brand now with the restructuring? What was your favorite Kodak gear? If you're a film shooter, got any love for T-Max or Portra?

Take a look at these ad favorites, and tell us your best Kodak stories in the comments below. And if we left out an old Kodak spot you absolutely love, please feel free to let us know (nicely) in the comments