All of the Magic of This Blissful Hour: 1922 Kodak Color Test Footage

Another fabulous find from our dear friends over at Sellergren Design, this test footage from an early Kodak two-color process is beautiful and ethereal, offering a rare in-color glimpse of vintage form and fashion. From Slate‘s history blog, The Vault:


“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…In 1922, for all its technical achievements, Kodak hadn’t yet done away with the flicker that gave movies one of their earliest and most enduring nicknames: the “flicks.” The flicker resulted from variations in film speed produced by the slow, hand-cranked cameras of the time and by variations in the density of the film itself

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Categories: Costume Inspiration, Costumes & Makeup, History (Haunted and Otherwise), TV & Film

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5 replies

  1. You know, technically, we don’t know if the pictures you just showed us are what the camera was actually pointed at. What if the test was a total failure because they were taking a picture of a dog.

    I am sure you are super freaked out.

  2. Somehow I really thought this would be Acadia’s old “home movies”


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