Skip to comments.Rare color photos taken back in the day that show how much life has changed
Posted on 03/28/2019 1:19:26 PM PDT by libstripper
The Lumiere brothers patented Autochrome Lumiere photography in 1903 and held their first demonstration in 1907.
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The thing that really galls me about the official films made of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is that they were black & white instead of color, even though color was fully available. If I'm wrong on this somebody please correct me.
Her coronation was in 1953. There were plenty of color films made in WWII, which of course ended in 1945.
Ted Turner will correct you
color films made in WWII, which of course ended in 1945.
And of course, Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, both made in 1939, were filmed in color.
Pretty amazing to see such nice color photos so early in its use.
Too bad MSN couldn’t find a decent writer to tell about them. I wonder if you have to go to a special school in order to write articles for click-bait websites?
Sometimes B&W film was chosen for historical documentation because the dyes in color film tend to fade out over time.
Kodachrome is a notable exception, but there may have been lighting issues.
True, and the Germans made excellent color films of some Nazi rallies in the 1930s. No reasonable excuse for not filming that terrific, once in a century event in color.
Indeed, changing the subject a bit, I once had the pleasure of filming a Catholic wedding. The second best part, short of the wonderful love of the bride and groom for each other, was the terrific, colorful ceremony. As a Protestant, I’ll admit Catholic weddings are a lot better to view than Protestant ones because of the colorful ceremony.
They actually did wear clothes that were not various shades of grey.
Women no longer wear fruit salad on their heads.
My mother turns 95 this weekend, and I find it mindboggling to think of all that has transpired in her lifetime.
My best to you grandmother. I understand that completely.
My grandfather remarked to me as we were watching the moon landing that as a kid in the early 1900s to see a car was big deal. Radios did not make it big till the late 1920s and here he was not even 70 years later watching men walk on the moon on the TV!
Both of my grandfathers were born in 1885. One died in 1932 but the other lived until 1967 and got to see everything from horse drawn buggies, invention of the radio, cars, airplanes, computers, nuclear warfare, color TV, and the race to space and the beginnings of the Apollo space program.
“My mother turns 95 this weekend, and I find it mindboggling to think of all that has transpired in her lifetime.”
Good for her. May she have many more birthdays. Those 95 years and the obscure things that happened in the early part are why really old color photographs fascinate me. They bring those days back better than anything else can.
I saw Oz on TV as a youth, and remember many years later seeing it on a color TV, and imagined that it had been “colorized.” I thought it was mildly blasphemous, and now I find out the color was original ...
Victorian dress and decoration was very colorful, but of course that doesn’t come through in black and white photos.
My grandfather was born in 1906. He told me the same thing.
In his mind, he was born at the best possible time in U.S. history, because he had a strong connection to America's frontier past, and he also witnessed every major technical advance of the twentieth century.
I never understood how digital photos, shared publically on the Internet to the masses can still be called “Rare.”
I hope youve had a chance to view They Shall not Grow Old. That was a major accomplishment. It really brought home what WW1 must have been like.
i remember watching on tv, and THAT was in black & white. my dad was into shooting 35mm color slides on kodachrome well back into the 40's. it was also possible but not easy or cheap, iirc, to make color prints from ektachrome. kodacolor did not come into its own as mainstream til the late 50's.
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