Vintage Kodachrome…

About a month and a half ago, Kodachrome processing and the era of the film’s legendary 75+ year history came to a close. Now the images and films remain, some old, some very recent. Over the years since starting the project in 2004, I have been on the lookout for Kodachrome memorabilia consisting of older packaging, odd things like coolers and other Kodachrome-esque goodies. I have seen old slides, movies and even some 4×5 Kodachrome images, but never an 8 x 10″. So last week while doing a search, I stumbled upon a man in Australia who was selling not one, but 15 vintage 8 x 10″ Kodachromes of Hollywood movie stars in glorious color. I was stunned, they were incredible visual treasures dating from 1939 to 1949. The lat time I had seen something so rare was in the “Vault” of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. So in short, I paid a fair bit for a very nice large format Kodachrome of Hollywood star, Ruth Hussey. I got the film today and it is indeed incredible to view, staggering in size for a film I have only been used to seeing as large as 120mm medium format. And a wonderful irony is that Ruth Hussey was best known for a role as a photographer in the movie “The Philadelphia Story”. I doubt I will see many more of these come up for purchase so I am glad I went for it…..truly great collectibles at this point…

This entry was written by DanBayer , posted on Sunday March 06 2011at 12:03 am , filed under Kodachrome . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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