Kodachrome in the silent movie era

Kodak ended it’s famous Kodachrome film in 2009, after making it for 74 years. Here’s a video of some of the earliest uses of it, from 1922:

To give you some perspective, here is a List of American films of 1922 from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As you can see, at that time the main actors were Valentino, Buster Keaton, and Mary Pickford. We’re talking the very early days of film: black and white and silent. That makes this video all the more remarkable.

(Found at kottke.org)

2 responses to “Kodachrome in the silent movie era

  1. I have some old Photos that I found of my grandfather Thomas Madden.Who was a prizs fighter in the early 1913 ,14,15,untill 1918 or maybe even later. Then he went into silent movies around 1920s.I didn’t get much infomation from my family.But when my mother passed away.I was going through old pics I know they were of my grandfather.And they were of him acting.I was told that he alwayed played the tough guy,villian,the guy who would hurt you.I think him being a prize fighter he had that look.Not ot me.He was a big teddy bear.I was wondering if I could email them to you, you could find out what stars & the name of the Movies.Any help would be nice if you have time..THANK YOU

    • smartpeopleiknow

      Hi Gail. I have a better idea for you. Why don’t you set up a blog or an account on flickr.com or Picasa and then comment on blogs or related areas of the Internet, pointing people back to them, to get them to comment. That would work better because a) you would get more people involved b) I don’t have time to look that up myself and I am no expert in that area.

      Good luck, and let me know how it goes.