We’ve Got Bigger Problems: Preservation during Eastman Color’s Innovation and Early Diffusion
This article considers how the development and early uses of Eastman Color technology shaped its stability. Drawing on primary sources, including documents held in the Eastman Kodak Collection at Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester, trade press accounts, and Kodak veteran John Waner’s personal memoir of Eastman Color in the 1940s and 1950s, I show how and why the innovators of monopack color so often subordinated preservation to other considerations. In so doing, I also hope to resuscitate some of Vittum’s original awe at these technologies now that they face extinction with the rise of digital formats.
Published in The Moving Image, Volume 15, Issue 1, Spring 2015, pages 44-61.
© Association of Moving Image Archivists, 2015
Heckman, H. (2015). We’ve got bigger problems: Preservation during Eastman Color’s Innovation and Early Diffusion. The Moving Image, 15(1), 44–61. https://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/586315