The Day the Film Died T – 2 Days

December 29, 2015  •  14 Comments

Our property in Corrales not long after my parents moved here around December 1958. This style of slide mount in this photo was used by Kodak from 1955-1959.

 

Five years ago, on December 30, 2010, the last roll of Kodachrome film that came off of Kodak's assembly line when they stopped production of the film in 2009 was developed by Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas. Freelance photographer Steve McCurry, who is probably best know for his work for National Geographic, asked Kodak for the last roll of Kodachrome film they produced, shot the film in NYC and then, with no other choice, he had that last roll of film processed at Dwayne's Photo, because it was the last photo lab left in the world that processed Kodachrome film. December 30, 2010 was the last day for commercial processing of Kodachrome. The very last run that used up the remaining supply of chemicals was on January 18, 2011 when Dwayne's Photo processed more than 100 rolls of Kodachrome taken over the previous year by photography students at Webster University. But the processing of the last roll of Kodachrome taken by Steve McCurry on December 30, 2010 marks the day the film died.

 

This is me taken probably in early 1959. Kodak first used this style of slide mount in 1958/1959, and phased out the slide mount in the first photo during the same period.


Comments

T & L Photos
Thanks, Randall. I have a lot of slides that my parents took over the years I need to go through. While a lot of people want to transfer slides to their computers then throw out the slides, I'm one to save the slides as they have lasted and will last longer than the ever changing digital media. I put slides onto the computer as I need them for a blog, otherwise, they are better off stored safely. Our property is like paradise, especially now will our rose gardens, grassy meadows, bamboo labyrinth and open areas (we tore down all the houses in the photo in 2012).
Randall Collis(non-registered)
These are simply Priceless shots (nice little pun there...), and what I like is it renews my focus to take great care of my slides (and my parents and grandparents slides!). Your property looks like a slice of heaven...
T & L Photos
Thanks, Julie!
Julie(non-registered)
Such an interesting post .. I have a box of slides that belonged to my parents. They are very special to me .. Very cute baby!
T & L Photos
Thanks, Harry!
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