This four and a half minute reel of color test footage from 1922 was originally made by Kodak to test out their new Kodachrome film. Ā Perhaps one of the earliest examples of moving color film, it has been preserved and digitized by Kodakā€™s own labs. Ā The flickering is caused by the variable speed of the hand-cranked cameras at the time and variations in the density of the film used. Ā The music is also hauntingly beautiful.

Something about color film really makes people come to life and seem somehow moreĀ real. Ā It may be an incredibly inane thing to say, but the past really wasnā€™t all in black and white.

Kodakā€™s 1000 WordsĀ blog viaĀ Slate.