Maybe it’s a strange coincidence, but some of the most beautiful images I captured for Timeline of Historical Film Colors depict ships.

For instance this beautiful toned image from Roald Amundsen’s North Pole Expedition (Norway 1924) on the metallic toning page.

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Credit: By courtesy of Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin. Photograph by Barbara Flueckiger. Film: Roald Amundsen’s North Pole Expedition (Norway 1924).

Or this blue mordant toning from the Pathé manual Le Film vierge Pathé. Manuel de développement et de tirage.

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Virages sur mordançage, Bleu (blue mordant toning), backlight, Swiss collectors’copy. Source: Didiée, L. (1926): Le Film vierge Pathé. Manuel de développement et de tirage. Paris: Pathé.

Most recently I was allowed to capture one of the few if not the only Gasparcolor documentary Color on the Thames by Adrian Cornwell-Clyne, from the holdings of the British Film Institute.

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Credit: Courtesy of BFI National Archive. Photograph by Barbara Flueckiger. Film: Colour on the Thames (GB 1936, Adrian Cornwell-Clyne.

And one week ago I was given access to this hitherto unknown travel film Barcarolle from 1935 in Technicolor, at EYE Film Institute Amsterdam.

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Credit: EYE Film Institute Amsterdam. Film: Barcarolle (USA 1935).

And there are many more to discover…

Update 2016: On the new search page there is a tagging system that allows searching for specific topics, such as ships. The tagging system wil be updated continuously in the next few months.

 

 

 

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