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Old 03-13-12, 11:21 AM   #1
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Attention Photographers! Some really interesting WWII era 4X5 Kodachromes

A friend sent this link to me and I thought maybe some of the Foo photographers and historians may be interested. The site takes a minute to load so be patient. Here are the comments that came with the link.

Back in the mid '70s when I was working at Hellers Camera in Bethesda Md. I had a reference book with a color photo of the battleship Pennsylvania in an advanced base sectional dock, somewhere in the Pacific in about 1944. The quality of the photo made it clear that it was shot with a large format camera, which puzzled me since I did not think Kodachrome (the only modern color film of the time in the US) was available in sheet films. A guy I worked with was an old Kodak hand (and WWII vet, a radioman in Europe) and told me that they did have sheet Kodachrome, and that there was only one machine to process the film, located in Rochester. The exposed film was sent there for processing.
And note the almost complete lack of basic safety equipment. I saw only one pair of safety glasses, and only a few of the workers were wearing gloves. Working without gloves around sheet metal is an injury waiting to happen.


Notice most of the woman had lip stick and nail polish on. WWII could not have been won without the woman of America stepping into men's shoes to build the equipment needed to defeat the axis powers.

Fascinating! Some of these these images are 70 years old and look as fresh as ever. If someone had told any of the subjects in thesephotos that we'd have such a clear look at them in the year 2012... boggles my mind. Thought you'd find this interesting !


Here's an example:

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Wow, those are amazing!
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wow - love it.
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Some of those are almost surreal. Thanks for sharing!
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Amazing! Thanks for posting.
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Back when the women were men and the men were... well, somewhere else trying to kill other men.

... and all I have are black and whites of Grandpa standing by his P-38.
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Of course we've come a long way in photography since then....
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Of course we've come a long way in photography since then....
We have and it makes these that much more amazing. Can you imagine having to try to light this up so you can expose ISO 10?
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Such an amazing quality.

Here is a flickr channel from Library of Congress 30s-40s set...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/library...7603671370361/
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Film, good film that is, has a VERY high MP equivalent. Digital is great, but I honestly miss film. I have a few rolls of Fuji Superia Reala 100 in the freezer from about 2004ish. I wonder if they are any good...hmm Might have to break out the old Canon A2...As much as I love taking picture after picture with my Sony A200, film makes you set your photo up perfect before you push the shutter release...

Those pictures are awesome. Just amazing.
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I have a few rolls of Fuji Superia Reala 100 in the freezer from about 2004ish. I wonder if they are any good...
It should be just fine. I think expiration date on film rolls is way over-rated. I got some kodak B&W c41 in 2002 and it was in my drawer (non-refrigerated) till' 2011. Pictures were just a bit grainy and they looked like they were taken in 19th century. One of them is my avatar.
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God do I miss Kodachrome. I have some i took in the 80s while traveling across the country and they look just as good today as they did then. I wish I had shot more of it.
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Here's an other link to more of those amazing 4x5 Kodachromes ...

http://www.shorpy.com/Large_Format_Kodachromes

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Thanks mac!

Love this!

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God do I miss Kodachrome. I have some i took in the 80s while traveling across the country and they look just as good today as they did then. I wish I had shot more of it.
I have a friend that took the passing of Kodachrome very badly. Bought up a bunch even though he was shooting only digitally. I think he still has that brick in his freezer. I think the only film camera he owns that he could expose it is his Nikon F, another totally sentimental possession.
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Oh oh, shorpy.com can be a real time sink!

We always see old photos in black and white. So color ones don't look quite real.

Here's those 100 year old Russian color photos. The Big Picture--Russia in color
"He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images."


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Oh oh, shorpy.com can be a real time sink!

We always see old photos in black and white. So color ones don't look quite real.

Here's those 100 year old Russian color photos. The Big Picture--Russia in color
"He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images."
Oooh, neat! One of my co-workers is a photography whiz and collects old film cameras. Since he's also a Russian immigrant, he's got several old military cameras and a stock of film to use with them. He's mostly digital now, but he's got mad skillz with any image-capture device.
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