Remembering Kodachrome

Launched in 1935 by Eastman Kodak, Kodachrome would soon become a very successful product for its maker. Kodachrome is a type of film that is called “color reversal film,” which is a photographic film that would produce a positive image on a transparent base. The end product of this process gave us transparencies which came packaged in the form of 35mm slides. The film was also produced in film camera (movie) formats for cameras of the 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, 120mm and large format varieties.

Many of the print images appearing in magazines over the years were shot on Kodachrome. Magazines and other printed materials back then had a special colorful and memorable look to them because of Kodachrome. Some of the most memorable and important photographs of the 20th century were shot on Kodachrome. If you’ve ever seen a 35mm slide show projected onto a screen, then you know what we’re going to miss here. The early years of many people’s lives were recorded on the colorfully saturated and vibrant medium that is Kodachrome.

Kodachrome was appreciated for professional and archival usage because of its extremely good color accuracy and you could store the film for long periods of time. Because Kodachrome was a color reversal film, it required professional processing and thus excluded the amateur photographer from developing the film personally. Originally, in the United States, the processing cost was included in the price of the film until that practice was disallowed in 1954.

Although Kodachrome was the first commercially successful film produced by Kodak, its use (and sales) have fallen over the years. The digital camera has now replaced film almost entirely these days. So, probably with a tear in its eye, Kodak retired our  old friend Kodachrome on June 22, 2009 – saying goodbye after a glorious 74 year run. We’re going to take a look at our old slides tonight and also say goodbye to everybody’s favorite color film – Kodachrome – but not the memories.

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away.

Mr. Whipple

Dick Wilson, is the character actor who turned “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin” into a household catchphrase as shopkeeper Mr. Whipple in the TV commercial campaign that ran for more than two decades.

From 1964 to 1985, and again in 1999, Wilson portrayed Mr. Whipple in more than 500 commercials for the toilet paper. The first ad was filmed in Flushing, N.Y., a funny bit of trivia that Mr. Wilson liked to share when talking about his experiences.

Please don’t squeeze the Charmin!

How To Hypnotize

It’s easy to hypnotize … when you know how! Want the thrill of imposing your will over someone? Or making someone do exactly what you order? Try hypnotism! This amazing technique gives full personal satisfaction. You’ll find it entertaining and gratifying.

How To Hypnotize

The Master KEY TO HYPNOTISM shows you all you need to know. It is put so simply, anyone can follow it. And there are 24 revealing photographs for your guidance.

How To Get Far Out On A Bongo

When something is cool, you say Far Out! It’s a phrase often used by beatniks and hippies. Apparently, the instructions for How To Get Far Out On A Bongo are to simply beat on a bongo and then you get Far Out. It’s something that is out of this world. It’s something so cool that it cannot be compared to anything on this planet.

How To Get Far Out On A Bongo

Have you heard the hipster poem about three kats in Frisco who built their very own Sputnik out of a bongo drum and went really “far out?” Well, you may not make it to the moon, but you sure can get carried away on a bongo.

Far out!

I'm Bored I'll Become A Beatnik

Art & Bathroom Humor

Since the cave days pictograms have been used by civilization to simply represent and communicate ideas, objects, activities and locations by means of an illustration. Today, pictograms are highly graphical representations that usually communicate directions, designations or instructions.

For this reason, the pictogram, sometimes called an international symbol, is used widely in public spaces such as bathrooms, waiting areas, train stations, airports etc. There is even a standard set of pictograms that was developed for everything from hazards to laundry instructions.

But, leave it to the artist to have a little fun with these familiar stick figures, especially when it comes to directing your biological urges to, in and through the bathroom door. The standard bathroom door sign has taken on a comedic life of its own.

The signs have even evolved beyond the standard stick-like figure into “high concept” representations of our most pressing biological function or the biological attributes of the sexes. Gives a new meaning to bathroom humor, doesn’t it? And, yes, it is art. Isn’t it?

Fish Heads Flashback

Back in the 1980s, in the early days of MTV and the music video, there was an obscure one-hit wonder that was actually a novelty song from the comedy rock team of Barnes and Barnes. The song/video is called Fish Heads and it is all about what fish can do and what fish cannot do.

The video was directed by Bill Paxton in 1980 and it first aired on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in December 1980. This is undoubtedly the strangest music video to ever appear on MTV – when they played real music. Remember that if you can. Anyway, enjoy and admire the wackiness! Give it a second, it starts out slow.