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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Memorial Day: 1942

Memorial Day: 1942

May 1942. Patriotic display at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Conn. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs.

 

Ahh Immigration...

You can easily discern the Polish girls from the Italian girls. Ask kids today what nationality they are?
They say ... American.
Let's not forget what made us great!

ASA 10

Was probably ASA 8 or a blazing 10. K25 wasn't introduced until much later.

Notches!

Thanks for posting the entire slide, which also defeats my reasoning about a possible crop. The only explanation left is that this picture was taken with a mild tele/portrait lens (for 4x5), something around 250 mm/ 10 inches.

Aspect ratio

Just out of curiosity: Is this the entire slide or a crop? Somehow the aspect ratio doesn't seem to fit 4x5.
Also, the shallow depth of field (only a couple of feet, indicating a wide aperture) and the slow shutter speed (1/25 to 1/50 judging by the motion blur in the flags) on a sunny day somehow don't make sense for a "normal" 135 to 150 mm. lens, unless this is a 50% (diagonally) crop of the original.

[See previous comment below for the uncropped original. - Dave]

Did someone say notches?

Kodachrome, what else?

This picture is another testimonial to the superb color rendition (look at he skin tones!) and archival qualities of Kodachrome (in this case Kodachrome 25, I assume). Too bad Kodak has stopped manufacturing Kodachrome in 4x5 sheets. The pictures on this site I like best are the ones where the full size also shows the borders of the slide with the notches that indicate that the film is Kodachrome ("WWVV").

 
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