5 Facts You May Not Know About photokina

 

photokina is undoudtedly the world’s largest imaging trade show. But of course, an event of this magnitude does not get to this point without a glorious beginning. Here are some fun facts about the early days of photokina.

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1954

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1954

1. Did you know that the first photokina trade show took place on 6 May 1950?
It was opened on the initiative of Dr Bruno Uhl, Chairman of the Association of Manufacturers of Photographic Articles. He along with Robert Görlinger, the Cologne Mayor and Ludwig Erhard, Federal Minister of Economics, welcomed the guests.

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1954

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1954

2. Did you know that only German companies participated in the first photokina event?
300 German firms participated in the 1950 event. Amongst the products displayed was the first small format camera and the electronic flash.

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1952

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1952

3. Did you know that the 1950 trade fair witnessed an attendance of 75,000 visitors?
And since then it has been growing rapidly. In 2012, 185,000 people attended the event from 166 countries.

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1956

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1956

4. Did you know that U.S. President Dwight D Eisenhower recognised the importance of photokina?
United States President, Dwight D Eisenhower sent a greeting telegram marking the opening of Photokina in 1956.

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1956

© Photoglobus, photokina Weltmesse, photokina 1956

5. Did you know that the first international photokina began in 1951?
Right after its first national show in Germany, in 1951, photokina held its first international trade fair with 70 foreign companies participating from 10 different countries.

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