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    timeline of color films

    Does anyone know where I could find (either on the internet or in some good literature) an accurate timeline of Kodak color films, both reversal and negative.
    There is a very good timeline of all motion picture products on the Kodak site, but they don't have an equivalent timeline for still image products.

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    Thornton, after he left Thornton Pickard licensed his film packs to Kodak and his colour emulsion, I'd look on Wikipedia. There was Kodachrome before what we know commonly by that name. Just like there was Verichrome before Kodak bought Wratten & Wainright.

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    I've got a Pocket Photo Guide from 1942 that lists...

    Kodachrome slides from 35mm only.
    Large Kodachromes in cut film sizes 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10
    Kodacolor was not available in 35mm or cut sheet, but roll film sizes: 127, 120, 116

    There was another class of color listed... One shot color

    Movies were also an option.

    So those were the choices back in 1942...

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    The original Kodachrome was an additive colour film. Thornton set up a film coating plant I must dig out my notes and I have the Patent somewhere, after he was pushed out of Thornton Pickard his sole income was from licensing his Patents mostly to Eastman Kodak as he moved to the US.

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    I notice my historical part copied from somewhere else about Verichrome.

    Verichrome (B&W) and Autochrome (colour) where bothn introduced in 1907.

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    There is a timeline in Haist (volume 2) but it stops at 1977.

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    From 1966 Kodak Master Photoguide

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    Kodak aren't very good at timelines they celebrated 50 years of Tri-X in 2004 despite it actually being introduced in 1938/9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Kodak aren't very good at timelines they celebrated 50 years of Tri-X in 2004 despite it actually being introduced in 1938/9.

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    Kodak reused names all the time. The Tri-X from 1938-39 is NOT the same as the Tri-X introduced in 1954!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    Kodak reused names all the time. The Tri-X from 1938-39 is NOT the same as the Tri-X introduced in 1954!
    That's only partially correct Tri-X today is not the same film as the 1954 version either. All versions of Tri-X came from the same family of films along with Pan-X, Plus-X etc even the pre-WWII version

    Tri-X went out of production in the UK and elsewhere probably because a key chemical became unavailable due to the war. Kodak didn't have an equivalent to HP2 until it's reintroduction. Yes it would have been an improved version just as Hypersensitive Pan evolved to HP2, HP3, HP4, HP5 etc.

    This is quite different to using an old name for a quite different product, like Verichrome, Kodachrome or the 126 film format - the original was roll film with a 5"x4" frame size.

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