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String Section: c. 1939

String Section: c. 1939

The orchestra at a square dance in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration Office of War Information, c. 1939. View full size.


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Kodachrome corrected

The original is fairly typical of how the earliest Kodachromes faded before processing changes resulted in the kind of color stability we've come to expect from the film. There's no way of knowing if my correction represents the original colors accurately, but it does seem a bit more life-like.

Nice Socks...

... on the guitar girl.


Well the colors have just aged poorly. It happens to the best of us.

What I like about this picture is the reality of it. There's nothing fake about it.


These colors do look a bit washed out, eh? I wonder what type of flash Mr. Lee used to light these particular scenes.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

Red And Green

This series of photos reminds me of old Warner Brothers cartoons from the early 30s, when Disney owned the exclusive rights to the tri-color process. Other cartoon makers either had to just use black and white, or the ugly duo-color process where everything was either green or red, with no blues or purples. Click HERE to view an example.

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