Birth of a legend (read on...)

George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

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Kodachrome is introduced to England! The article reads…

Amateur Photographer, Feb 12th 1936

We were glad to hear our old friend Dr. Kenneth Mees on the wireless the other evening, and to listen to him expounding panchromatics and the latest colour process. Although the rules of the BBC precluded his “airing” the fact that he was describing ”Kodachrome” which will be available in England very shortly, it was clear to us he was referring to that remarkable invention. Doubtless, a large proportion of the four to five million amateur photographers in this country, attracted by the unusual event of a photographic talk in the National programme, listened in and learned a lot about a popular subject. In this particular instance, a frankly difficult phase was dealt with, but the director of Kodak Research got it over very well indeed. He was assisted by Dr. Stafford Hatfield, whose ingenious leading questions extracted a wealth of information imparted in the characteristic Mees manner. Incidentally, we learned that while Kodachrome is made, at the moment, in 16-mm size only, there is every prospect of its being produced in 35-mm, with the added advantage of duplication. When this is an accomplished fact, a great fillip will be given to the universal production of cinema pictures in colour.

[The article is accompanied by a picture of the BBC headquarters in Regent St.]

The fountain pen is from the same era as the article. It’s a 1930’s Burnham with a green-marbled effect body and a 14k gold Osmiridium nib.

[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@50mm, f:14, 1/80sec, ISO-100, WB:Flash, Sony 5600HS flash off camera, reflected off the ceiling]

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