Historic Hood River
I ran across this 8mm Kodachrome film of the dedication of the Hood River County courthouse in July, 1954. Unfortunately 8mm film is incredibly low resolution because there is so little photographic emulsion to each frame and the cameras usually had very cheap lenses, often without focus. But it’s still fun to look at. It was shot at 16 frames per second so we have both color and movement, which are novel on this photoblog.
While we can’t see Arlen’s Dad, we know he’s in there!
8mm film was made by adding additional sprockets to 16mm film stock. The film would run through the camera exposing only half of it, then the reel was flipped and the other half exposed. They would cut it down the middle to make it 8mm wide when they processed it. “Super-8” was a later innovation where film was manufactured with smaller sprockets so there was more room for the image, and you didn’t have to flip it after exposing the first half.
I actually have an 8mm/Super 8 projector so some day I might view this in all its glory. For now we’ll have to enjoy a couple of frames scanned on our film scanner.