Stepping Back in Time

Many of you may have already seen the following video released by Kodak recently. It was a test of Kodachrome color motion picture film from 1922 and is said to be some of the earliest color motion picture film to exist. These women were filmed in New Jersey in 1922. And this footage is amazing.

All these women were identified as models (including Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton), but as of the writing of the post the only one not identified was the woman with a little boy.

Seeing this video for the first time left me mesmerized. The 1920s have always been one of my favorite eras in American history and this footage is almost like a time machine letting us a catch a very real glimpse into that time, if only for a moment.

But what captivated me more than that were the things this video doesn’t show. What were they thinking while this was being filmed? Was the cameraman making them laugh? Was there music playing in the background and was the sound of a noisy 1922 New Jersey seeping in through the window?

Did any of them stop to think that young women just like them would be watching the footage they were filming, in 2010? Almost 90 years later.

And think of all the videos and photos we’ll be leaving behind. What will people think when they watch them in 2100?

Take a moment and watch this beautiful video and let me know what it made you think about.

Thanks to Kodak for sharing this with the world.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liz
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 12:56:06

    I thought this was a very artistic view of models in their time. I wanted to know what they were saying, if they were saying anything at all. I thought the modeling poses were interesting. The expressions and the way none of the models looked into the camera for very long, profile shots seem to be popular back then. I liked the way the little boy tickled the womans’ chin.
    I love old nostalgic photos and moving pictures at that. The fashion back then seemed so delicate and feminine, flowing. The models looked healthy too! Not all skinny and heroin addicted looking.
    Thanks for posting.


    • Meghan Harvey
      Sep 07, 2010 @ 13:56:18

      I wish we could have heard what they were saying also! And the fact that they were all beautiful without be so deathly thin is a bog statement to how society has changed over the years for sure.


  2. Mike Ball
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 10:54:24

    This is a wonderful film and was made 13 years before the first colour feature film. I am sure it must be possible to read there lips to what they where saying. Is there anyone out there that can do this?


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