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To see in color the 1930s America we usually only see in black&white, after all Kodachrome cost $5 a roll, which was equal to half a week's wages when minimum wage was $.25 an hour, click here.

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shadownyc
Sep. 23rd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Very cool to look at!
gaeln
Sep. 23rd, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I like how they broke it down into categories, urban&rural, work&play. I also really like the softness of the color.
mitakay
Sep. 23rd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing these; I really enjoyed having a look. I have not seen too many color photos from that time.
gaeln
Sep. 23rd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
black&white is the most beautiful, I think, but color gives a photograph an immediacy b&w sometimes lacks. A couple of these looked like they could have been taken yesterday. I'm glad you enjoyed these.
michira_70
Sep. 23rd, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Nice walk through the past.
Some of those look so 'new'.
gaeln
Sep. 23rd, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
'Some of those look so 'new'.'
I know, right? like they could have been taken just yesterday. It's the softness of the color I love, very gentle. Glad you enjoyed your little walk through our past.
jittrbugg
Sep. 23rd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Brilliant! Thanks for posting!
gaeln
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
You're more than welcome.
corposant
Sep. 23rd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
This is really cool!
gaeln
Sep. 24th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
*agrees*
flashfly
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
I liked the girl skipping, the train with fire, the poor mining family in Pennsylvania, the Oklahoma dance. Such great images.
gaeln
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
Aren't they great, this is the beginnings of Kodachrome and we have witnessed its end, sad really, but changing times.
flashfly
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
I have a ton of 35 mm film in the fridge include 100 speed for when I was doing slides. Don't know if it is any good anymore, it's at least 8 years old.
gaeln
Oct. 2nd, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
Even if it's still good, I also have a few rolls around here somewhere, the problem ultimately will be getting the filmed processed. If the film isn't being made, there's no photographs that needed to be processed. Last I heard there was one lab back east somewhere. Who knows if that's even still open. Even professionals are using those great big digitals now.
flashfly
Oct. 4th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
The local camera store where I used to buy used 35 mm cameras closed up about 6 years ago.

Edited at 2010-10-04 02:33 am (UTC)
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