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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Clerk 37: 1942

Clerk 37: 1942

October 1942. "Clerk in North American Aviation stockroom, checking to see if the proper numbers of parts were received and placed in the proper bin. Inglewood, California. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 (Billy Mitchell) bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 (Mustang) fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Clerk 808

I suspect she's actually Clerk 808, in Section 37.

Sweet Emulsion

Whoever invented Kodachrome at Kodak really hit upon something special. These 4x5 transparencies are almost beyond belief in their quality. The color rendition, sharpness and detail are phenomenal. I bet seeing the originals on a light table would blow your socks off.

We need to see photographs like this in the age of digital just to be reminded of what film is capable of.

Kodachrome

Kodachrome was introduced in professional sizes September 1938. 2.25 x 3.25", 3.25 x 4.25", 4x5", 5x7", 8x10" & 11x14". Sheet film sizes were discontinued in April 1951.

4x5 sheet film

You can still get film like this, in slide or negative format. I believe that Kodachrome, per se, is unavailable, but Kodak still makes 4x5 and 8x10 Ektachrome, and Fuji has a competing product as well. The film costs anywhere from about $3.50 to about $10 per photo, depending on which size and brand you buy.

The cameras that use this film start around $1000 with a basic lens, and the price easily ticks over $5000 or $10,000 for fancier setups.

I do not own a large format camera; the time required to master the setup intimidates me more than the cash.

I am wondering...

If she was pregnant? I noticed the bottom button of her shirt is unbuttoned and she just looks a little wide in that area.

Stunning clarity with this film, I have to say.

4 x 5 Kodachrome

These pictures are wonderful - however, I thought that Kodachrome was only available in 35mm ... ??

[Maybe you're thinking of consumer roll film. Kodachrome sheet film, a mainstay of professional photography for many years, was available in several sizes, up to 8 by 10 inches. - Dave]

So beautiful

So pretty! Those cameras must really have been quality back then!

[It's more the film (Kodachrome) and the size of the film (5 by 4 inches). - Dave]

 
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