Wednesday 6 October 2010

Take a Time Machine to the Twenties

I was completely blown away when I saw this film clip on YouTube and just had to share. It is a test reel taken in 1922 and filmed in Kodachrome. It is just beautiful to watch and gives us a rare colour glimpse in to the past.

The first actress on the reel is Hope Hampton who is coquettishly modelling costumes from the silent film The Light in the Dark (1922)also known as The Light of Faith which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome. You can watch or download it for free from here!

Hope Hampton
Next up is Mary Eaton, she was a leading was stage actress, singer, and dancer in the 1910's and 1920's who enjoyed success in the stage production of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Mary Eaton (Photo from Here)
The Last Actress on the reel is Mae Murray who appears ethereal in a wonderful silk dressing gown.
Murray was a multi-talented woman she was actress, dancer, film producer, and screenwriter. Murray rose to fame during the silent film era and was known as The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips and also The Gardenia of the Screen.

Mae Murry (Photo from Here)
Until next time!
Wendy x

1 comment:

  1. this is my favourite post ever,
    what a treasure,
    it gave me some ideas...