1939 World’s Fair in New York City

At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, Kodak set up a kiosk for taking high-speed photographs with a strobe. In the darkened booth, a large sheet of glass waited for a baseball, shot from a cannon, to smash it into smithereens.

At the moment of impact, the strobe fired. Visitors to the exhibit inserted their cameras in peepholes cut in the kiosk, opened the shutter, and captured the flying shards of glass on film, along with a sign that read “Photographed at 1/100,000 second!”

Notebook 10, page 2

June 14, 1939