Friday, January 22, 2010

America... In Color!

"On December 6th, a very different America prevailed," says Johnny Gunn in his "look at America before Pearl Harbor... with Kodachrome film - the first commercially viable color film available to the general public" — A Look Back in History.

Of the photo above, Mr. Gunn comments that "little do these Japanese Americans suspect - as they celebrate their culture during the World's Fair - that within two years, they will be deported to relocation camps by their own government." A few of others, which can be seen in far greater detail on the linked site:

[link via A conservative blog for peace]

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Great photos. Fantastic memories of a bygone age, and age that was far more diverse and interesting than it is usually given credit for.

8:09 AM  
Blogger papabear said...

For me, color photos have the effect of making the people seem closer to us... they seem like contemporaries of people living in the 50s and 60s. (Even if the fashion is slightly different.) It's a strange psychologicla effect.

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Mark, an an age that was far more organic since "Diversity" with a capital "D" wasn't shoved down everyone's throat. It was simply lived.

papabear, I expereinced the same effect.All the famous depression era photos seem so remote; these looked like real people. Imagine if we had color photos from Medieval times or Antiquity!

3:35 PM  

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