THE
KODACOLOR
RESOURCE PAGE
(Is Back)

by Darren Nemeth
Established November 10, 2010
Updated July 19, 2014

 Kodacolor Lens from a Kodascope Model B 16mm Projector
A Kodacolor Filter Designed for a Kodascope Model B 16mm Projector.
Click here for details on its dimentions


Kodacolor was an early 16mm home movie color process that used filters to record additive color on black and white lenticular film.  The only way to view the color was to project the film with a similar filter on the lens.

This page compiles Kodacolor resources I come upon and has been a long time coming.

Around twenty years ago, before the internet, I found a World Book Encyclopedia loose-leaf Annual binder with Annuals 1927 through 1931 at an antique shop for $2.  Articles in the '28 edition covered items such as the original Kodacolor process as well as the "new" invention of talking motion pictures. It was my first introduction to this mysterious, obsolete color format.

Several years later I lucked upon a working Kodascope Model B 16mm projector that included a Kodacolor filter and thanks to a new a scanner and digital camera, this and other stuff are on the internet for the first time.

So far, I haven't found an example of Kodacolor film to project but am still looking for some.  If you have any to spare I may be interested.

Enjoy.


Darren Nemeth

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INDEX
The 1928 World Book Encyclopedia loose-leaf Annual  WORLD BOOK LOOSE LEAF ANNUAL FOR 1928
United States Patent Office Kodacolor Documents
Kodacolor Garden Party July 30, 1928 - YouTube video produced for George Eastman House Museum of Photography & Film
Photo of Thomas Edison and George Eastman July 30, 1928
Kodacolor Filter Designed for the Kodascope Model B 16mm Projector
Wikipedia Kodacolor Page - External link to the Wikipedia site.
Gardens at Aberthau House 1932 - External link to the City Of Vancouver, Canada site.  A two minute home movie of the Spencer family home, 1750 Trimble Street in Vancouver.
India, 1955 - External link to Archive.org.  Scenes from Udaipur, Jaipur, Amber, Agra, India.  11+ minutes.
Make Your Own Kodacolor Filter -  Information provided by Paul Ivester, November, 2010.
1934 Magazine Ad Featuring A Kodacolor Lens
Unopened Kodacolor Camera Film Box.  Expiration Date April, 1933.
NEW A Cine-Kodak Filter Outfit For Kodak Model B and BB 16mm F1.9 Home Movie Cameras


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THE WORLD BOOK

LOOSE LEAF ANNUAL FOR 1928
copyright 1929
pages 68 - 70
images scanned and text OCR corrected by Darren Nemeth 11/10/2010

MOVING PICTURES IN COLOR IN THE HOME. Movies in full natural colors, taken in your own home, are now possible. The only apparatus required is a special film and a plain color screen divided into red, green, and blue sections. This is placed in front of the lens of the movie camera.

Simple though it seems, it took years of experimentation on the part of research engineers of the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y., and the outlay of vast sums of money, before the dream of George Eastman, veteran inventor of cameras and photographic apparatus, became an actuality.

The first really successful home movies in natural colors were shown on July 30, 1928, on a screen at the residence of Mr. Eastman, in Rochester, before a group of distinguished scientists and public men, among them Thomas Edison, inventor of moving pictures.

GEORGE EASTMAN DEMONSTRATES KODACOLOR PROCESS TO THOMAS EDISON
GEORGE EASTMAN DEMONSTRATES KODACOLOR PROCESS TO THOMAS EDISON
Inset - Color filter lens which makes lt possible to take moving: pictures in full colors in the home.


DIAGRAM OF COLOR SCREEN.
The rays from the three-fllter colors are laid on the sensitive emulsion by minute embossed lenses as one, or two, or three distinct impressions, according to the color being reflected to that point.

The Process.  For many years the work of perfecting color movies had been carried on in the Eastman research laboratories under the direction of Dr. C. E. Kenneth Mees, The new process-Kodacolor by name-is said to rank in importance with the discovery of film and the invention of moving pictures.

The amateur photographer's part is very easy.  He has merely to insert a color filter into the lens and thread the film in his camera. The most radically new element in the process is this film. Instead of having the usual smooth surface, the side opposite the sensitive coating is embossed with cylindrical lenses so minute as to be invisible. The lenses, which are part of the film itself and made of the film substance, would each look, vastly magnified, like a rib of a corrugated iron roof. They run lengthwise of the film and the width of 559 occupies an inch.

The effect of these invisibly small lenses is to separate the rays of light coming through the three segments of a three-colored light filter into the camera. Each of the three colors of the filter -red, green, and blue- lets into the camera from the scene in front of the camera only the light rays of its own color. The three different colored light rays register on the film only as black and white; but each tiny lens embossed on the film so distributes the light rays falling upon it that the various colors register on the sensitive film emulsion as a distinct black and white impression for each color at that point.

The light of the projector then passes through the film in such a way that it shines out through the tiny film lenses, and then through the projector lens; and each ray is directed through the proper color on the light filter, to fall on its proper spot on the screen. The combination of the three colors, red, green, and blue, gives every
possible natural tint.

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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
Links to Early Kodacolor Documents

"Optical System for Color Processes"
Patent number: 1685600
Filing date: Jul 20, 1927
Issue date: Sep 25, 1928
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=7O4-AAAAEBAJ&dq=1685600

"Optical System for Use in Photographic Color Processes"
Patent number: 1749278
Filing date: Nov 27, 1928
Issue date: Mar 4, 1930
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=7xVYAAAAEBAJ&dq=1685600

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Kodacolor Garden Party- July 30, 1928
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osqjdVZDxCg
YouTube description; "This video was produced for George Eastman House Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, N.Y., where the original film footage is archived."

This video was made in 2008 to mark the 80th anniversary of the event.



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George Eastman and Thomas Edison At The Kodacolor Demonstration Party, July 30, 1928
As found on the George Eastman House Blog http://blog.eastmanhouse.org/2010/07/30/celebrating-kodacolor/

To see the full sized image click on this link http://blog.eastmanhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/east-ed.jpg




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Kodacolor Filter Designed for the Kodascope Model B 16mm Projector


An original Kodascope Model B 16mm projector with a Kodacolor filter compartment. [located at the bottom left of the projector]





Kodacolor lens filter compartment.  Patent number stamped into the metal is 1685600.  Click to the link to view the patent documentation.



The "Red" side of the filter faces away from the projector. "Blue" faces the projector body.





The above is the best image of the filter I was able to get from my scanner.

Kodacolor Lens from a Kodascope Model B 16mm Projector

The width from the outer chrome, edge to edge, is 32mm.  The actual filter colors appear to be sandwiched between gla
ss. The filter area within the chrome mount is 24mm in width.  Red, Green, Blue areas 5mm in width. Black spaces between colors 1 mm in width

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Make Your Own Kodacolor Filter

Kodacolor Lens from a Kodascope Model B 16mm Projector
[Kodacolor Kodascope Model B Filter; Chrome is 32mm in width. 
The filter area within the chrome mount is 24mm in width

Red, Green, Blue areas 5mm in width
black spaces between colors 1 mm in width]

Thank you to Paul Ivester for the below information and images.

amphro kodacolor projector filter
Ampro Kodacolor Filter

"Concept for making a reproduction lens for Lenticular Kodacolor" by Paul Ivester.

Lee filters that are suitable for making a Kodacolor attachment.
026 Bright Red
079 Just Blue
089 Moss Green
139 Primary Green
106 Primary Red
195 Zenith Blue
199 Regal Blue
kodacolor lenticular 16mm
Projected Kodacolor Film

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1934 Magazine Ad Featuring A Kodacolor Lens

Kodacolor color film

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Unopened Kodacolor Camera Film Box
 EXPIRATION DATE OF APRIL,1933.


kodacolor kodacolor
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A Cine-Kodak Filter Outfit For Kodak Model B and BB 16mm F1.9 Home Movie Cameras
This appeared on eBay in August, 2011. Winning bid was US $24.99.
The kit includes two ND filters, a daylight film filter, and a "Kodacolor" filter.

Kodacolor Filter