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A.S. Gerdee: 1943

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

April 1943. A.S. Gerdee of 3251 Maypole Street, Chicago, a switchman at the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.


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Mr. A. S. Gerdee, you have been immortalized, my friend!


They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day, oh yeah


I remember shooting a couple of rolls of Kodachrome 25 about 20 or 25 years ago. Absolutely gorgeous results, no perceptible grain, just beautiful. At that time the only people who developed it was Kodak, so you had to send it off in a mailer and in time you'd get your little box of slides back.


Well, it is still being made, but only as 64 ISO (ASA) 35 mm film. There are only a few labs left in the world that can process Kodachrome. Also the colour rendition of modern Kodachrome is a bit different from the "classic" emulsion that you see so much of on these pages.

I do hope that Dave will keep on posting Kodachrome images by Jack Delano, he is my favourite.

[As long as Jack keeps taking them, I'll keep posting them! - Dave]


I love these 4x5 Kodachromes. For the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would shoot anything else (alright, I do really know why but it's still cool stuff). Its such a shame it's not made anymore.

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