10/13/11

Early Kodacolor

The first multi-layer color negative print film, Kodacolor hit the market in 1942, its technological voodoo involving three color-sensitive emulsions layered with filters, masks and couplers. All processing and printing was done by Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, until a 1954 anti-trust suit made chemicals and know-how available to all. Refinement continued long after official release to the public. Not until 1955 was a solution found for the unstable magenta dye chemistry that turned Kodacolor prints a familiar yellow over time, ironically tilting the intended full color realism toward the painterly and quaint.


French Copper 1947 Pontiac.


Harleys & Indians somewhere in Southern California.


Shenandoah Green 1950 Studebaker on the high plains w/ 1953 Montana plates.

Harvester Red 1947-9 International KB series truck w/ 1951 Montana plates.

Speedliner runabout w/ Johnson outboard motor

 Sahara Beige & Beach White 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop.

1940 LaSalle.


Fog Green 1950 Chrysler w/ 1951 Oregon plates.

Fairchild C-82 Packet military cargo plane.

1949 Buick Super convertible.

WWII military surplus Dodge Power Wagon.


Luna Gray & Patio Cream 1952 Plymouth Belvedere.

1938 Buick coupe.


Circa 1952 Standard Vanguard w/ Ontario plates.

1946-7 Buick convertible.

1937 Ford convertible.

Early 1940s Flxible Clipper.

1948-9 Hudson convertible.


Mermaid Green 1947-8 Buick w/ California plates.

Falcon Gray 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline warming up on a very cold morning.

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