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    4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    Just to share really beautiful kodachromes I found on the net, shot in the US and Puerto Rico during WWII era (they can be found at shorpy.com).









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    Getting the dreaded red x for images!
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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Creek View Post
    Getting the dreaded red x for images!
    more than 50 Y old, no copy righted material
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    Ron - looks like you attempted to post 5 images - none of which are being display other than a small white box with a red x.

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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    hmmm....well I don't seem to be able to edit the posting anymore.

    here's one of the links:

    http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/1a35003u.jpg

    here's another - quite impressive imho - one (shot in may 1943 Houston):

    http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/1a35441u_1.jpg

    Peurto Rico dec 1941:

    http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/1a34067u.jpg
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    Ron - Hate to say this however each link beings up "Page not found..."

    Frustrating isn't it..

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    yes, pity, well I'm out now, (almost 1 o'clock)

    perhaps you can paste them in your browser?
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    This link will take you directly in Sharpy Photo Archive. At least I hope it does...


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    shorpy is excellent you can spend days there!!

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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    Thank you, for letting showing me this great site....

    "The market wants a Leica to be a Leica: the inheritor of tradition, the subject of lore, and indisputably a mark of status to own."
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    The site is great! Whenever I find those collections of "Antique" photographs I can't help but think that we have taken two steps forward and one step back vis-a-vis technology. The clarity, sharpness, and tonal range of some of those old glass plates are phenomenal.

    I lifted this one example but there are so many others. I'm not saying I want to go back to glass plates, but for all our digital advancements, it's good to remember that standards for quality were set quite high long before digital was even imagined.

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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    Wooohoooo...I LOVE IT
    Absolutely Gorgeous
    and I Agree with You Tim /Two Steps Forward one step back Theory

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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

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    ... The clarity, sharpness, and tonal range of some of those old glass plates are phenomenal.

    And this you know because you saw the digital scan of the images online. You can run from digital, but you cannot hide from it.

    I agree with you. And the more popular digital photography becomes, the more impact potential silver photography has. Gotta see the images live, hanging on the wall where photography belongs ... er, I mean used to belong.


    Ron -- thanks for sharing the link for that website. Also, while the images may not be copy righted, the digital version of those images certainly would be.

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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    Quote Originally Posted by Oxide Blu View Post
    And this you know because you saw the digital scan of the images online. You can run from digital, but you cannot hide from it.
    Actually I know it because I worked in a lab during my youth and spent 3 months making contact prints from a glass negative archive that belonged to Yale. As tedious as that job was, it was also incredible to handle those fragile slabs of glass and watch as magical images from the past materialized in the soup.

    And I agree with you that silver/film-based photography will continue to have an impact.

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    These are the some of the famous shots made in 1940 by Russell Lee taken at Pie town in New Mexico to demonstrate the effects of the depression.







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    Re: 4x5 Kodachromes WWII era

    My dad went to India in 1954, brought his brand new Kodak Retina IIa (with the Schneider Xenar 50/2.0 lens) and some Kodachrome film. He passed the camera on to me some years ago, and I also got an opportunity to scan his slides - really remarkable images of people, architecture and landscape. I'll see if I can post some scans here later.

    The camera is still working great although the shutter is a bit slow on most times. It's a kit with shade, b/w filters, ready case, closeup filters and closeup viewfinder, and the original Kodak manual in Swedish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    My dad went to India in 1954, brought his brand new Kodak Retina IIa (with the Schneider Xenar 50/2.0 lens) and some Kodachrome film. He passed the camera on to me some years ago, and I also got an opportunity to scan his slides - really remarkable images of people, architecture and landscape. I'll see if I can post some scans here later.

    The camera is still working great although the shutter is a bit slow on most times. It's a kit with shade, b/w filters, ready case, closeup filters and closeup viewfinder, and the original Kodak manual in Swedish.
    Hi Lars,

    I guess many people at least in the usa in the fifties could make use of 35mm Kodachrome (in Europe it was Agfa color (Ansco). What especially attracted my attention is the use of the professial formats, like 4x5 inch, which was only available from 1939 until 1953 and was use by a handfull professional people. If you look closely at these images, the quality (I don't have the original scans of course) still can match most of todays images made with small format sensor digital cameras, and they produce imho very beautiful and honest colors. These images bring me very close to history of over 65 years old!
    Other beautiful series of that time are the photos of women working in the US-war factories. I did't post them here since they are well known and published and because they come very near studio photography - which I prefer less. Here are two other shots from every day life shot at Lincoln Nebraska in 1942:



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    Just found another one, tack sharp, Southington, August 1942


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