See The Roaring ’20s In Color For The First Time With Vintage Kodachrome Footage

Slate unearthed this Kodak footage from 1922 and it’s absolutely stunning and unreal. It’s some of the first full-color, moving pictures available. Whenever I watch shows like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire, I always wonder how authentic the aesthetics are because the only images I’ve seen from the era are in black and white. Were women as pale? Were their cheeks really so rosy? Were their lips really so red? Their hair such bright scarlets and bleached blonds? Apparently, yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

The flicker of the film gives these actresses a glow and look of flawlessness unmatched by any of the horrendous soft lenses we see today. Why do we use high definition cameras again? Because it just makes everyone look horrible.

Slate says of the footage, “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.”

The footage is really insightful when you think about fashion, ideals of beauty to even how women gesture has changed. So cool.

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  1. Reblogged this on Haute with Holly and commented:
    One of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen!

  2. The photo is very rare and from old times when color photos were rarely found because technology was not so advanced like now. Videos were very few and it was hard to find moving pictures. This video shows fashion during those times and how the pretty ladies faced camera. it is really stunning and looks like it was painted by some artist.

  3. edmundcaro says:

    In the past there are many interesting pictures are found with many colors. The videos are also so nice with colorful, at that time there is no develop in the pictures or in movies due to technology, now a days you got the new technology that all are improved and give a new idea to everybody.

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