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1940 Kodachrome Gal

I see a notice on the Dwayne's Photo website that they are still slogging through developing the final rolls of Kodachrome that arrived just before their December 30th deadline.


As a tribute to the end of Kodachrome, I started pulling out some old slides—mine and my father's. This slide is 71 years old. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but the dyes in Kodachrome are extremely stable, even over decades of storage. Aside from the cardboard mount having gotten a little warped, this image looks perfect.


This comes from my father's series of 1940s slides showing women who, scandalously, are not my mother. I'm almost certain this was taken using my dad's little Kodak Retina. The next frame shows my dad standing in the same place, so I'm assuming he handed the camera over to this lady (whose name I don't know, unfortunately). Dad is wearing a very natty panama hat, but unfortunately he's blinking—anyway, this shot from the same year shows off his flashy clothes even better.


I can't quite make out what the stuffed animal in her hands is. It would be nice to imagine that dad won it for her at a carnival by knocking over milk bottles or something.

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Taken sometime in 1940