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Roll film cameras by Kodak were first introduce in 1895. Eastman Kodak Company became one of the largest manufacturers of home cameras. This enabled families to take home pictures without hiring a professional photographer. The Van Ness Family operated a photograph studio and sold camera equipment and film from their store at 125 East Fifth Street from the 1870s to well into the 1930s. William I. Van Ness was the son of local photographer, James Van Ness who was one of Charlotte's early photographers.