Kodak this week announced it was ending the production of black-white film. Hmmm... I always thought photographers used black-white film from Ilford.
During my teen years, I shot with black-white film, because it was so much cheaper than color. The most fun I ever had was with a roll of super high speed (Kodak) black-white film, rated at ASA 1600 (ISO). I took photographs (sans flash) of university students' nighttime pranks, and then had the lab push the development to ASA 3200. Grainy, but legible.
The black-white era came to an end for me in 1976 when London Drugs came out with really low-cost color slide film. I think it was $1.80 for 24-exp, processing included.