At first, the processed film was not mounted by Kodak, photographers
were expected to mount their own film. Kodak introduced a projector for
them in February 1937, and Kodak glass slide mounts were introduced in
April 1937. Pressboard mounts were announced on February 1939 as being
standard on all processing effective April 1, 1939.
The Pan American Boeing B314 Clipper NC18602, seen at San Francisco is a nice and rare Kodachrome example in a carboard mount dated as early as 1939, Zoggavia Collection.
Early Kodachrome made in the first few years of production used the date code symbols of Kodak movie film.
TWA Douglas DC-3 NC18945 picured at San Francisco, CA on 17 April 1943, Clinton H. Groves Collection.
Well preserved carboard mount of high quality.
Pan American Worl Airways L-749 N86520 'Clipper America' pictured on arrival from its first 'Round-the-World Service' at San Francisco, CA June 1947, Zoggavia Collection.
"Consent Decree Kodachrome" after June 1954
did all processing on Kodachrome until courts decreed it a monopoly.
Initially, Kodak sold the film and processing together and the customer
paid for both when they bought the film. After the decision, Kodachrome
was sold as film and processing could be done by independent
labratories or by Kodak. After this date, Kodachromes processed by
Kodak say so on the mount.
Swiss Air Lines Douglas DC-6B HB-IBU serviced a Zurich-Kloten airport in summer 1954, Zoggavia Collection.
This change of imprint was made because other labs began offering Kodachrome processing, which previously had only been done by Eastman Kodak.
Nice shot of a TWA L-049 Constellation N86514 during 1956, Zoggavia Collection.
Technicolor labs; a collection of film laboratories across the world owned and run by Technicolor for post-production
services including developing, printing, and transferring films in all
major developing processes, as well as Technicolor's proprietary ones.
(1922 - present)
Nice shot of Transocean L-1049 N1880 at Oakland, CA November 1958, Clinton H. Groves Collection.
Eastman Kodak brand colors were used the first time, yellow and red corner, the cardboard used to be in natural white.
Airport scene at Amsterdam airport with Connies, DC-7s and DC-3s, Zoggavia Collection.
Kodachrome II film was introduced during 1961, known as may be the best slide film of all times
Example of an unknown processor of Kodachrome slide film. Most probably developed at Hawaii.
Slick L-1049H Super Constellation during a stop on route from the West Coast to the Pacific region. summer 1961, Clinton H. Groves Collection.
Kodak produced the Kodachrome II film in the United Kingdom and also in France to meet European deamnd of the film.
Bristol Br.170 Freighter on a passenger charter to Ronaldsway, Isle of Man, UK, July 1963, Zoggavia Collection.
Technicolor developed Kodachrome slide dated July 1963.
Paradise Airlines L-049 Constellation basking in the Californian sun, July 1963, Clinton H. Groves Collection.
Similar mount and Kodak brand logo like earlier seen.
SP-LVC LOT Vickers Viscount series 700 photographed at Zurich-Kloten, March 1966, Guido E. Bühlmann Collection.
The famous "corner curl" trade mark began to shring late 1966 and additionally Eastman Kodak patent number 3.1013.364 has been added.
G-ANBF Britannia Airways Bristol Br. 175 Britannia series 100 seen at Zurich-Kloten, December 1968, Zoggavia Collection.
The "curled corner" trade mark was dropped and a new Kodak logo was introduced in the 2nd half of 1972. Beside in the Americas Kodachrome films were also produced in European countries, like Germany, France and United Kingdom.
Lufthansa Boeing B747 D-ABYA c/n 19746 'Nordrhein-Westfalen' the first Jumbo Jet delivered to Lufthansa 10 March 1970, just three years after the last Super Connie operation. Frankfurt March 1973, Zoggavia Collection.
Example of a French Kodak mount. On some mounts a red + was stamped, meaning that the new development process K-14 was used as Kodak switched from KII (which used the K-12 process) to Kodachrome 25 and 64.
Delta Air Transport DC-6B OO-LVG seen at Paris Le Bourget, June 1973, Zoggavia Collection.
Standard Kodachrome II 25 ASA film. One can say that Kodachrome was on its peak quality wise; fine grain, great colors and contrast, even when underexposured the slide showed nice results.
A common sight at European Airports at that time, Delta Air Transport DC-6B OO-VGK, seen at Vienna, Austria, September 1974, Zoggavia Collection.
Slightly revised design of the classic white card board mount, just before the edges were rounded for better handling in projectors.
One of the last take-off pictures of this classic swingtail DC-6A/C of Kar-Air Finland on its twice weekly freight run to London Heathrow and Amsterdam, Helsinki August 1981, Zoggavia Collection.
Some time after 1980/1981, mounts began to appear with round corners which were probably introduced to be easier to insert into projector trays. The red "+" also disappeared as all films were developed with the K-14 process.
New Kodak logo was introduced again in this mount desing launched in 1983. Developed and framed in Australia.
CX-BOP Boeing B737 of Pluna, taken Ocotber 1984, Zoggavia Collection
Since 1983, the "new" corporate logo started to undergo many variations because of the business agreements in various parts of the world and designs surfaced that more or less integrated the symbol within other symbolic
shapes. Slightly changed position of the Koak logo on this frame.
B-2625 Boeing B737 in the colors of Fat Easterbn Air Transport photographed in 1985, Zoggavia Collection.
Again an Australien Kodachrome mount, this time in black and red colors.
RP-C1866 Boeing B707 of Samoa Air taken at Manila, November 1985, Zoggavia Collection.
US Kodachrome with Kodalux processing service imprint.
N8974U an ex United Douglas DC-8-62 with ATI titles taken December 1989, Zoggavia Collection.
In 1989 there were up to 3 different mount designs in use.
Yellow colors was brought back in the next series of mounts. This slide represents a North American development process.
Nice shot of N DC-6 in the new livery of Universal Airlines, used for freight flights, November 1990, Zoggavia Collection.
Sources: Kodak, Historic Photo Archive, photo.net, and Shutterbug
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