This week’s throwback is a bewitching four-and-a-half minute, full-color motion picture clip taken in 1922 by Kodak using their early version of the Kodachrome film.
“This clip is a very early, full-color Kodachrome film made by Kodak in 1922 to test new film stock and color processing. It is a lovely little four-and-a-half minutes of pretty actresses gesturing for the camera. The color and lighting are exquisite—all warm reds with flattering highlights—making it a purely enjoyable thing to watch.” — The Vault
The first version of Kodachrome film was invented by a former portrait photographer and engineering student, John Capstaff. The color transparency was a combination of two negatives – one exposed through a red filter and another through a green filter – that were bleached then dyed (with blue-green and red-orange dye respectively) after processing creating a positive image.
Unfortunately, it was not commercially successful and it was not until 1935, that a much better, three-color version of the film was introduced.