The evolution of photo identification card systems began back in 1839 when photography was initially born. That first piece of photography equipment was built by Louis Daguerre and for the first time you could identify a person from their image. Just in case you were wondering he did not immediately build a factory and begin producing photo identification cards. However, he did plant the seed that would one day offer the capability to the world. Like with any new technology it had to grow and evolve before it found its way into the society as a hole. This would not happen for another 50 years.
In 1988 the Kodak Box Camera No. 1 was born. George Eastman created this camera that was preloaded with film. People could take their pictures and then send in the camera to have the film developed and the camera reloaded. Within 24 months over a million of these cameras had been purchased. The world would never be the same. It still took another 27 years though before photos would be required for identification purposes when it became mandatory that U.S passports require a photo. For the first time defense plants across the nation would follow suit. World War I was underway and although the United States had not yet entered the war production plants were still producing products for the British and French allies. The vitality of security had moved to the forefront. These plants began requiring employees to have photo identification for the very first time.
The advent of photo identification brought up more issues to confront. The War Department of course had the capability of ensuring their photo program was adhered too. The nations employers would have to find their own provider. The need had arisen and the market responded on cue. Commercial and home produced photo systems sprung up everywhere. Photo buttons and photo identification cards were in mass production. Even though this occurred almost a century ago employers were already looking for ways to establish this process in house. They wanted to control their own photo id process. Sure they could send their employees out and have it done but the bottom line than was just as important as it is today. The ability to reduce the effects on their profit and keep their employees on the production line longer was of the highest concern.
One of the first major identification card systems introduced was the Graflex identification unit. This system could deliver 800 photos in one loading. This system could produce around 200 photographs per hour. That was very impressive for the time. Other systems followed close behind. In 1941 the Monroe Duo Camera was developed. This system could deliver immediately a photo, thumb print, a place for written data and a signature on one negative. The modern photo identification card was born. The systems created to produce these cards continued to evolve into the modern technology we use today. The security functions and features have been enhanced to oblige the latest issues confronting our society. The photo identification process will continue to evolve to ensure that the process of identification and security are not compromised.
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