KODASCOPE ADVERTISEMENT 1930s
Formed in 1924 by William Beach Cook. Kodak begins operating THE KODASCOPE LIBRARIES in the spring of 1925, around various parts of the country in regional offices and local camera stores. An early precursor to the video tape rental store, Kodak leased negatives of fine grain prints from a variety of Hollywood producers and made stunning amber and sepia tinted prints for rental purposes. If a person wanted to join the library, there was a fee of $25 which was refunded when the customer decided to end the service. All the features used for Kodascope prints were professionally edited and ran no longer than 5 reels, shorts and cartoons were generally unedited. During the years the Kodascope Libraries are in business, over 700 films are listed in the catalogs, including the shorts of Larry Semon, Charlie Chase, Laurel & Hardy, Felix the Cat cartoons, Fleischer's Out Inkwell series, & Charlie Chaplin comedies. Many of the great features of the 1920's could be rented including THE LOST WORLD, THE COVERED WAGON & THE PONY EXPRESS
From my personal collection.