This is color test that Kodak filmed in 1922 just wonderful, and strange. It’s not just the fashions, but the dainty, flirty mannerisms that reveal this to be from a vanished world.
There are even earlier examples of color motion pictures, some surprisingly early, but this one is so intimate and mesmerizing. They have been on YouTube for almost a year now, but I couldn’t resist joining in the Blogosphere in linking to it.
This is not hand-tinted photography, the established method of bringing color to the screen at the time. This is a real color test done in Fort Lee, N.J., a Kodak website explains. The only tinting was in the makeup worn by actresses Mae Murray and Hope Hampton, modeling costumes from a movie of the time, The Light in the Dark, which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome in a feature film. Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton is also in the test, but history doesn’t record the identity of the woman and child.
First tests on this particular color process were begun in late 1914. This footage is from the George Eastman House collections and were recently preserved.